When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
All that we don't know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.
Writing is frustration - it's daily frustration, not to mention humiliation. It's just like baseball: you fail two-thirds of the time.
Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?
It was my great problem to solve: how to write a book, you know. And after you write one, you have to write another to prove to yourself you can do it again.
Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre.
Making fake biography, false history, concocting a half-imaginary existence out of the actual drama of my life is my life.
A Jew without Jews, without Judaism, without Zionism, without Jewishness, without a temple or an army or even a pistol, a Jew clearly without a home, just the object itself, like a glass or an apple.
I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography, I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn't.
Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends.
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