Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
By: Pat Conroy
The great thing about all my siblings is we all agree we had a horrendous childhood. Its not like it doesnt affect us now; it affects us every day, in everything we do.
The most powerful words in English are Tell me a story, words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself.
A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.
There are other writers who try for subtle and minimalists effects, but I dont travel in that tribe.
I still get weepy when I see a father being nice to his child. It so affects me.
Writing is more about imagination than anything else. I fell in love with words. I fell in love with storytelling.
Its an article of faith that the novels Ive loved will live inside me forever.
Theres always a version of me who is the narrator. And I make myself look better than other people.
Fear is the major cargo that American writers must stow away when the writing life calls them into carefully chosen ranks.
Every industry is going to be affected (by the aging population). This creates tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges.
Ive never cackled with laughter at a single line Ive ever written. None of it has given me pleasure.
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