Literary Birthday – 13 May – Charles Baxter

Happy Birthday, Charles Baxter, born 13 May 1947.

Five Quotes

  1. When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.
  2. The twentieth century has built up a powerful set of intellectual short cuts and devices that help us defend ourselves against moments when clouds suddenly appear to think.
  3. If you want to see the consequences of ideas, write a story. If you want to see the consequences of belief, write a story in which somebody is acting on the ideas or beliefs that she has.
  4. When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.
  5. Literature is not an instruction manual.

Charles Baxter is an American author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. His novels include The Feast of Love and First Light.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 13th May 2015