"It’s goddamn hard. Nobody really cares whether you do it or not. . . . [W]hen it’s going well there’s nothing in the world like it. But it’s also very lonely. If you do something you’re really pleased with, you’re in the crazy position of being exhilarated all by yourself." —Robert Stone, The Art of Fiction No. 90
“Driving takes hold of the left brain and then the right brain is freed—that’s what some writer friends and I have theorized. But I can’t always stop when I get an idea. It depends on the road—North Dakota, no traffic. When I’m driving on a very empty stretch of road I do write with one hand. It’s hardly legible, but still, you don’t want to have to stop every time.” —Louise Erdrich
Marilynne Robinson: The ancients are right: the dear old human experience is a singular, difficult, shadowed, brilliant experience that does not resolve into being comfortable in the world. The valley of the shadow is part of that, and you are depriving yourself if you do not experience what humankind has experienced, including doubt and sorrow.
Jonathan Lethem talks about his story "My Internet," from this week's Science Fiction issue with fiction editor Cressida Leyshon: nyr.kr/LILjuJ