Born Monday 5 August 1929, died Monday 23 September 2019
Professions: Critic, Novelist, Poet, Writer
Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling.
When you make a bet, you're saying something.
The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play better than ordinary players at all.
Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.
I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for.
I mean to say, this is the book and I really loathe it and I can't imagine what a nice Jewish boy like me ever, how I ever got into this dreadful trade.
I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst, but you don't get any patients.
I hate writing.
I absolutely don't believe in anything. Full stop. Including luck.
I'm good at reading people.
But in a tournament, you can be said in for all your money at any point so you can't make any mistakes so you have to, it's all about where you're sitting at the table.
I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.