I like things that are kind of eclectic, when one thing doesnt go with another. Thats why I love Rome. The town itself is that way. Its where Fascist architecture meets classic Renaissance, where the ancient bangs up against the contemporary. It has a touch of everything. Thats my style, and thats what my work is about.
The condition of the theater is always an accurate measure of the cultural health of a nation. A play always exists in the present tense (if it is a valuable one), and its music -- its special noise -- is always contemporary. The most valuable function of the theater as an art form is to tell us who we are, and the health of the theater is determined by how much of that we want to know.
By: Edward Albee
About four years ago I made a list, for my own amusement, of the playwrights, the contemporary playwrights, by whom critics said I'd been influenced. I listed twenty-five. It included five playwrights whose work I didn't know, so I read these five playwrights and indeed now I suppose I can say I have been influenced by them. The problem is that the people who write these articles find the inevitable similarities of people writing in the same generation, in the same century, and on the same planet, and they put them together in a group.
By: Edward Albee
I would say that most of my books are contemporary realistic fiction... a couple, maybe three, fall into the historic fiction category. Science fiction is not a favorite genre of mine, though I have greatly enjoyed some of the work of Ursula LeGuin. I havent read much science fiction so I dont know other sci-fi authors.
By: Lois Lowry