What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade.
Writers are not meant for action.
The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!
I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
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