How Writers Become Ourselves

“I have rights as a writer, but no responsibility. My sole responsibility is to a single reader in a single room reading a book. My only duty is to my next sentence.” —Colm Tóibín
“If Walt Whitman were alive today, we’d give him a couple of literary awards, probably the big ones. And then we’d ignore him completely… Literature lives on the margins and speaks back to the center from some distance.” —Mark Doty
“Of the many kinds of novels I don’t read, the ‘state of the nation’ novel is at the top of the list.” —Geoff Dyer
“Barack Hussein Obama is the greatest living travel writer.” —Pico Iyer

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