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Born Wednesday 26 January 1949

Occupation: Author

Nationality: American

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May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.

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Why do people always gesture with their hands when they talk on the phone?

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When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do.

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Very often I'll find out at the end of a book what I put in at the beginning. A sort of process of elimination and discovery in one.

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There's almost always a point in a book where something happens that triggers the rest of the plot.

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The Wilmington, Delaware, television station that bills itself as The Family Minded Station is Channel 69.

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The Viennese wash everything. Where else in the world does the government hire public servants to wash public telephone booths and the glass over traffic lights? Every time I see someone doing these things, I smile like a child.

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Salzburg... is a mountain town with a rushing river running right through the center, everything in the rain various shades of green and brown.

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People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both.

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People are always waiting to be discovered.

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One of the saddest realities is that we never know when our lives are at their peak. Only after it is over and we have some kind of perspective do we realize how good we had it a day, a month, five years ago.

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Old people are often impatient, but for what?

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Most men, no matter how well or badly dressed, carry overstuffed, beat up wallets that should have been replaced years ago. Why is that? Every time I see a guy take out a wallet anywhere, it looks like a piece of old melted chocolate cake-with strings.

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Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.

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Just write about what bites you and damn the rest.

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It's always fun to walk down the street with or behind a really beautiful woman, for no reason other than to see how the world reacts to them.

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In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It's so schizophrenic.

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If I don't feel like writing today or for a few days, I don't. And I don't think about it. It is not an obligation-it is the greatest privilege.

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I've never seen myself as a fantasy writer - ever.

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I write about what interests me. It's very dangerous when you try to satisfy an audience.

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