I think I was 16 when I had the thought of maybe being a writer. And this is complicated, something I only now understand, because when I was young, having dyslexia and not knowing it made reading such an ordeal.
There are vivid memories from my childhood – what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I’m trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farm workers.
From the beginning of the presidential nominating conventions in the 1830’s really through the 1950’s, you had conventions that actually did real business.
If I had taken a doctoral degree, it would have stifled any writing capacity.
On the Wednesday evening – that is, the day I saw her Majesty on this particular point – I had the opportunity of conferring with all those whom I proposed to submit to her Majesty as Ministers.
I have not had any serious non-academic job.
When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated editions of Shakespeare’s sonnets, all of which left out the important fact that will has a sexual sense in Shakespeare’s sonnets.
I came to my Marxist view as a result of having struggled as a nationalist and found certain dead ends theoretically and ideologically, as far as nationalism was concerned, and had to reach out for a communist ideology.
No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.
You don’t have to be a scared person. I’ve had so many tragedies. I’ve managed to withstand things that you may think you cannot tolerate. But I have the strength.