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Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.

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This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.

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This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody.

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The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.

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I just think that fiction that isn't exploring what it means to be human today isn't art.

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The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still ""are"" human beings, now. Or can be.

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The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush.

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Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies, upped the stakes.

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Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself. It's probably more Western than U.S. per se.

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It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.

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