Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.
Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels.
The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.
The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace. And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it.
Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.
Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.
I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there.
I don't know what psychotherapy does. I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.
New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York - in case you haven't noticed.
We are all naturally xenophobic.
I couldn't run a tight schedule, and if you're any good at teaching, you get sucked dry because you like your students and you're trying to help them, but you don't have any time left to write yourself.
After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.
I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris, New York and Chicago.
Yeah, but now suddenly - you know, universities are notoriously market oriented, too.
The trajectory started when I was on the roof of our house looking out at a swamp when I was 19. I had written for several years, starting at about 15, but that day on the roof I took my vows and acknowledged my calling.
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