” In medicine, there’s a fairly large but still finite body of knowledge that you need at hand for most of your daily work. It takes a few years to learn it, but once it’s there, it’s there. With writing, on the other hand, every new book – indeed, every new story – is a fresh and terrifying reinvention of everything. “


” In medical school, you’re taught to write in this convoluted, Latinate way. I knew the vocabulary as well as anyone, but I would write kidney instead of nephric. I insisted on using English. “


” I don’t have a pen name, so I’m thinking of getting a doctor’s name. What would you call that, a stethoscope name? “


” It used to be you sat up in your attic and wrote and went down to a local cafe and talked with people there. “


” Books were king, but now movies are king, and books are sort of ignored. So now there’s no sense of a welcoming community where you live. “


” How does your life turn out?’ That’s the ultimate novelistic question to me. “


” If you try to write a novel in L.A., you’re a chump, everyone is speeding by, and you’re driving a rickshaw. “


” When you’re in medicine – especially when you’re a resident in a public hospital – you feel like you’re doing your part. But not when you’re a writer. “



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