Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves.
All you could do was flip switches and make lights blink.
That was the funny part of the reading.
Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is.
If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
One hates a person for the same reason one loves him?
Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture.
And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write. And they care.
But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art.
Although I still occasionally paint and draw, my life has now been shaped by my writing.
I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.
Through writing, through that process, they realize that they become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative than they can be in any other part of their life.
John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when I was a political activist in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill, where I went to university.
The United States particularly abandoned Liberia after the end of the Cold War.
It's hard to spend years at a time working in total solitude with no reality-check.