I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
When I read it, I don't wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write.
The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.
Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts.
If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.
Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.