” My friends seem to think that an hour and a half effort a day is all they need to bring to the altar to make things work for them. I couldn’t do that. I thought that if you didn’t work at least as hard as the guy who runs a gas station, then you had no right to hope for achievement. You certainly had to work all day, every day. “


” One of the reasons I’m reluctant to start a novel is it’s such an obsessive activity. You get in there, you don’t know anything else while you’re in there. And that’s quite a sacrifice to make, especially for us old guys where time is kind of short. You don’t want to disappear for a year, you want to be outdoors. “


” It took me a long time to know enough about writing to really write short stories. You can’t just immerse yourself, as you do in a novel, and see where everything goes. Novels are a very flexible, accommodating form. Short stories aren’t. “


” You never see a teaser for a film on television that doesn’t have someone running around a corner with a gun. Have you noticed that?… I think Hollywood has as much responsibility for gun violence as the National Rifle Association. “


” I had a spell no more striking than other people of my job description. I did all the things you weren’t supposed to do. I had a motto: When in doubt, try it. I went out and committed experience. “



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My friends seem to think that an hour and a half effort a day is all they need to bring to the altar to make things work for them. I couldn
One of the reasons I


It took me a long time to know enough about writing to really write short stories. You can
You never see a teaser for a film on television that doesn
I had a spell no more striking than other people of my job description. I did all the things you weren
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