I have never sought the reason why I write.
Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps.
The novel moves like all the arts. It's transforming itself all the time.
Women have seen that they have locked themselves up with feminist writing.
One can't write for all readers. A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry.
Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
The act of writing is a kind of catharsis, a liberation, but I never really concerned myself with that. I write because it interests me.
One can't write without having read - you have to read before beginning to write - and universities offer a very good opportunity to read.
I don't admire Freud as much as some people do. Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet. It would have been a disaster.