Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.– Annie Proulx (via theparisreview)
Literature could turn you into an asshole: he’d learned that teaching...– Chad Harbach The Art of Fielding (via astrophysics)
William Kennedy: The Believer Interview, Oct. 2006...
William Kennedy: ... Creating unknown people out of your imagination is a ridiculously difficult procedure. And why I have to do it, I don't know.
Edward Schwarzschild: Calling it a "procedure" makes it sound almost systematic.
William Kennedy: I wish it were. The procedure is to talk to yourself every day as if you're solving a mathematical problem. I have no comprehension of mathematics, but I know it's fairly difficult to arrive at E=mc². It's also difficult--less difficult--to arrive at Francis Phelan. Right now I'm again in the midst of a mystery, not at all sure where I'm going. I keep telling myself I'll figure it out, but it's a faith-based pursuit. And if you don't have faith in a breakthrough you'll go crazy or stop writing.
I had a vision of what I wanted to write, and it was fiction. And I kept at it...– William Kennedy, The Believer interview (October 2006)