Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
I do like to live in other people's homes. I enjoy being a guest. I am an inexpensive guest. When one lives in another's home he can enter into the psychic kingdom of that person.
Take a look at the books other people have in their homes.
A novelist has a specific poetic license which also applies to his own life.
A trait which differentiated New York from European cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life, including sexual life, could be carried on, on many levels.
Banks introduced the installment plan. The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States.
Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life.
If we reduce social life to the smallest possible unit we will find that there is no social life in the company of one.
It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
And really the purpose of art - for me, fiction - is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
I collect human relationships very much the way others collect fine art.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
I can create countries just as I can create the actions of my characters. That is why a lot of travel seems to me a waste of time.