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American Author and Editor, b.1931
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You can't remember sex. You can remember the fact of it, and recall the setting, and even the details, but the sex of the sex cannot be remembered, the substantive truth of it, it is by nature self-erasing, you can remember its anatomy and be left with a judgment as to the degree of your liking of it, but whatever it is as a splurge of being, as a loss, as a charge of the conviction of love stopping your heart like your execution, there is no memory of it in the brain, only the deduction that it happened and that time passed, leaving you with a silhouette that you want to fill in again.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.”

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