I write longhand; I make changes longhand, and I have an assistant who types it up. She lives 70 yards away. Every afternoon, I have a case I leave out on the porch, and she brings it back the next morning.
As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.
The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.
If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
But we moderns are impatient and destructive.
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
The beauty of the Catholic church is that it has a sacramental structure that can hold its own with the best out of any tradition. It has a mystical system and content that can hold its own with the best out of Tibet… its an amazing tradition, but I think you need to be critical.
‘The Art Student’s War’ is, at its core, a traditional American wartime love story. As such, it is timely and engrossing. By the end, all its principal characters ‘have been to Hell and back.’
Art is born of humiliation.