Interviews

Three writers:

Nabokov:

“My loathings are simple. stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting”
From “Strong Opinions”


Truman Capote interviewing himself:

Q: what frightens you?
A: real toads in imaginary gardens
Q: No, but in real life…
A: I’m talking about real life.
Q: Let me put it another way. What, of your own experiences, have been the most frightening?
A: Betrayals. Abandonments.

from “Music For Chameleons”

Philip K. Dick

But I have never had too high a regard for what is generally called “reality.” Reality, to me, is not so much something that you perceive, but something you make. You create it more rapidly than it creates you.

From “The Android and the Human” (1972)

However, I will reveal a secret to you: I like to build universes which do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem. I have a secret love of chaos. There should be more of it. Do not believe—and I am dead serious when I say this—do not assume that order and stability are always good, in a society or in a universe. The old, the ossified, must always give way to new life and the birth of new things. Before the new things can be born the old must perish. This is a dangerous realization, because it tells us that we must eventually part with much of what is familiar to us. And that hurts. But that is part of the script of life. Unless we can psychologically accommodate change, we ourselves begin to die, inwardly. What I am saying is that objects, customs, habits, and ways of life must perish so that the authentic human being can live. And it is the authentic human being who matters most, the viable, elastic organism which can bounce back, absorb, and deal with the new.

From “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later” 1978, 1985

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