"Writing turns you into somebody who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right someday is the perversity that draws you on."
— Happy 80th birthday to Philip Roth, someone who always got it right.
"I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live."
— Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
"You must write as if your parents are dead."
Philip Roth’s advice to Ian McEwan.
“I knew just what he meant. You mustn’t worry about upsetting your parents.”
"My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it."
Ursula K. Le Guin (via whimsicalele)
Le Guin has a new collection of poetry, FINDING MY ELEGY coming this fall!
"The speed at which I write with a pen seems to be the speed at which my imagination finds the best forms of words."
— Paul Theroux, on always writing a first draft with pen and paper
"The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown, to bear witness to the consequences, tragic or comic, of [people possessed by the narcissism of minor differences."
— Paul Theroux (The Tao of Travel)