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E.L. Doctorow

I thought I would lose, so I didn't prepare a speech.

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Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

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I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

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There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

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Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.

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We're always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy.

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It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

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Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

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Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

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