Happy Birthday, Janette Turner Hospital, born 12 November 1942.
- I am extremely interested in how people negotiate catastrophe, not because I’m morbidly interested in it but because I’m interested in the secret of resilience; that’s what I’m always exploring in the stories and the novels.
- We inherit plots. There are only two or three in the world, five or six at most. We ride them like treadmills.
- The act of writing surprises me all the time. A miraculous thing happens when you have an idea and you want to convert it into words… and then you start to create a work of art, and that’s another miracle, and it remains mysterious to the writer, or to this writer anyway.
- The futility of action does not absolve one from the failure to act.
- There is always a gap between conception and execution. We keep writing in the burning hope of closing that gap before we die.
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