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Love doesn’t last.
I wanted the Peace Corps to be something very vague and unorganized, and to a large extent it was. It did not run smoothly. The consequence was that we were left alone.
Fiction gives us the second chances that life denies us.
To me, writing is a considered act. It’s something which is a great labor of thought and consideration.
My greatest inspiration is memory.
Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
One of my fears is not writing. I don’t know how to do anything else.
When I was in the Peace Corps I never made a phone call. I was in Central Africa; I didn’t make a phone call for two years. I was in Uganda for another four years and I didn’t make a phone call. So for six years I didn’t make a phone call, but I wrote letters, I wrote short stories, I wrote books.
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
Fiction writing, and the reading of it, and book buying, have always been the activities of a tiny minority of people, even in the most-literate societies.
People who don’t read books a lot are threatened by books.
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.
The more you write, the more you’re capable of writing.
I was kind of raised with the suggestion that I had a duty to do; that life was real, life was earnest. And I hated that, actually. I needed to be liberated, to be told that I could live the life that I wanted to live; that I didn’t need a job, or to be shouted at; that I could be myself; that I could be happy.
I loathe blogs when I look at them. Blogs look, to me, illiterate. They look hasty, like someone babbling.
I think there is only one way to write fiction – alone, in a room, without interruption or any distraction.
I think people read travel books either because they intend to take that trip, or because they would never take that trip. In a sense, as a writer you are doing the travel for the reader.
It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
People talk about the pain of writing, but very few people talk about the pleasure and satisfaction.
The two impulses in travel are to get away from home, and the other is to pursue something – a landscape, people, an exotic place. Certainly finding a place that you like or discovering something unusual is a very sustaining thing in travel.
My father had an invisible job outside of the house; I didn’t know what he did. But my kids were privy to the ups and downs of a writer’s life.
Everything is fiction. You only have your own life to work with in the way that a biographer only has the letters and journals to work with.
The amount of hassle involved in travel can be overwhelming.