Happy Birthday, Thomas Mallon, born 2 November 1951
- I’ve long been interested in the role of ‘minor characters’ in major events. This has been the focus of a lot of the fiction and nonfiction I’ve written.
- One’s politics are part of one even when one is writing. But if I want to say anything about the state of civil society, I will write an essay. The responsibilities you feel as a novelist are literary ones, I think, not civic ones. And I think politicians are interesting to write about.
- My prescription for writer’s block is to face the fact that there is no such thing…. Writing well is difficult, but one can always write something. And then, with a lot of work, make it better. It’s a question of having enough will and ambition, not of hoping to evade this mysterious hysteria people are always talking about.
- Letters had always defeated distance, but with the coming of e-mail, time seemed to be vanquished as well.
- Ive always got a novel under way, but if I try to work on it every day, exclusively, I falter. So I always keep more than one thing going.
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