Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are.
From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.
Most American writers don't get asked their opinion on current affairs, whereas in Europe and England, we still do. There are writers here who are the most sophisticated commentators, but they're not asked. Like Don DeLillo, who sort of forecast most of the modern world before it happened.
Nobody wants to read a 600 page book in which the author is fabulous throughout.
Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.