A cluttered desk

30 June 2016

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?

Albert Einstein

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How good it is

29 June 2016

How good it is to be among people who are reading.

Rainer Maria Rilke

All the words

28 June 2016

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.

Somerset Maugham

Hopeless novels

27 June 2016

In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.

Anne Lamott

Great is the art

26 June 2016

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No one can write decently

25 June 2016

No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.

E. B. White


24 June 2016

Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.

Nancy Kress

Everywhere I go

23 June 2016

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

Flannery O’Connor


22 June 2016

Writers are always selling somebody out.

Joan Didion


21 June 2016

Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.

Anthony Burgess

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