” The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent. The research is necessary, of course, but no one writes a novel to dramatically illustrate what everybody already knows. “


” Good writing of course requires talent, and no one can teach you to have talent. “


” What I find really attractive is something that’s going to be a little dangerous. Something that might get me into trouble, you know, you turn up in London and you’ve just rewritten Dickens. And, of course, then you think, ‘What have I done? “


” I don’t think you have the right to shout about other people’s private life. “


” One has to be able to twist and change and distort characters, play with them like clay, so everything fits together. Real people don’t permit you to do that. “


” It’s true: one of the things that I’ve always thought about American society is that you never get the sort of natural politicisation of class consciousness that you would get in the United Kingdom or even in Australia. “


” And it’s always possible that you will not get a nice review. So – and that’s enraging of course, to get a bad review, you can’t talk back, and it’s sort of shaming in a way. “


” When I was young and easily outraged, I would be upset when every fictional character I created was somehow reduced to ‘autobiography.’ “



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The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent. The research is necessary, of course, but no one writes a novel to dramatically illustrate what everybody already knows.
Good writing of course requires talent, and no one can teach you to have talent.


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One has to be able to twist and change and distort characters, play with them like clay, so everything fits together. Real people don
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When I was young and easily outraged, I would be upset when every fictional character I created was somehow reduced to
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