Writers have to have a knack for listening. I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.
I think heterosexuality and homosexuality are a kind of psychosis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Academics love to make theories about a body of work, but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?
Your weak point is the open, vulnerable place where you can always be hurt. Love, in all its aspects, opens the self so fully.
I like to look at how people work together when they are put into stressful situations, when life stops being cozy.
Whatever is powerful to you can be translated into something which will matter to somebody that you will never know.
Confidence and superiority: It’s the usual fundamentalist stuff: I’ve got the truth, and you haven’t.
When it is time to get to work, I go away completely and don’t do anything except the work. And that can be 16 hours a day.
With animal behavior, they’re all fine until you introduce some rogue element into the cage, and then they go crazy.
However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience.
Quest is at the heart of what I do-the holy grail, and the terror that you’ll never find it, seemed a perfect metaphor for life.
Always in my books, I like to throw that rogue element into a stable situation and then see what happens.
Ordinary professionalism and 20 years’ experience can accomplish a lot, but it can’t access the hidden places.
I never wanted children. If I’d been deeply in love with a man and he’d wanted children, it would have been difficult.
You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so, how could we take it back without asking?
I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did, and it has caused a great deal of confusion.