Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange.
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink.
Nothing that ever was changes. Yet nothing that is can ever be the same as what went before.
He now new a number of people but none well. It was easier to have sex with a man than to acquire a friend.
Sexual revelation in literature, must be tactful and must serve plot.