I don't think anybody reads a..

I don't think anybody reads a book of poetry front to back. Editors and reviewers only. I don't think anybody else does.

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I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I write. It seems unseemly to me. I have no problem at all when I see anybody else talking about the same project, but I feel my work should speak for itself.
About
Am
Anybody
Anybody Else
Else
Feel
I Am
I Feel
I See
I Write
Itself
Me
No Problem
Problem
I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.
Anybody
Anybody Else
Does
Else
Far
Live
More
Poetry
Than
Nothing I can say or devise, and nothing anybody else can say or devise, is going to be perfect.
Anybody
Anybody else
Else
Going
I can
Nothing
Perfect
Say
One of the illusions that we live by is that we can really know anybody else, and we're often surprised by traits in people that we thought we knew very well. The struggle to overcome loneliness, which is sort of our universal burden, leads us to leap to conclusions about who other people are.
About
Anybody
Anybody else
Burden
Conclusions
Else
Illusions
Knew
Know
Leads
Leap
Live
Loneliness
Often
I'm convinced that the infantry is the group in the army which gives more and gets less than anybody else.
Anybody
Anybody else
Army
Convinced
Else
Gets
Gives
Group
Infantry
Less
More
Than
Which
I don't know if a novelist ever fully detaches him- or herself from what they wrote and the way they wrote it. I can watch 'Presumed Innocent' again and again, and I will always be bothered by the same things that will never bother anybody else.
Again
Always
Anybody
Anybody else
Bother
Bothered
Else
Ever
Fully
Herself
Him
I can
Innocent
Know
He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don't think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.
Any
Anybody
Anybody else
Being
Else
Greater
He
Human
Human being
Obligation
Satirist
Society
Than
Think
There's no doubt that I do have extremes of mood that are greater than just about anybody else I know.
About
Anybody
Anybody else
Doubt
Else
Extremes
Greater
Just
Know
Mood
No doubt
Than
All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats.
Back
Bring
Coats
Happened
Hats
Heroes
Maybe
Men
Should
Ties
Wearing
Wore
Work
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
Back
Coming
Head
Keep
Know
You
Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
Back
He
His
Idea
Love
Man
Once
Precious
Small
Turns
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
Back
Condemned
Dreadful
Fall
Futile
Gods
Had
Hopeless
Labor
More
Mountain
Own
Punishment
Reason
I want my weekends back so I can be with my kids.
Back
I Can
Kids
Want
Weekends
I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.
Able
Action
Address
Ado
Adventurous
Always
Any
Audience
Back
Being
Boy
Break
Doing
Find
I remember way back when I was young, 10 years ago.
Back
I Remember
Remember
Way
Years
Years Ago
Young
In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.
Back
Band
Brass
Kind
Mind
Music
Some
Thinking
Up
Wings
You ask what my conclusions are, rereading my journals and looking back on World War II from the vantage point of quarter century in time? We won the war in a military sense; but in a broader sense, it seems to me we lost it, for our Western civilization is less respected and secure than it was before.
Ask
Back
Before
Broader
Century
Civilization
Conclusions
Journals
Less
Looking
Looking Back
Lost
Me
Military
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Back
Childhood
Christmas
Days
Delusions
Happy
His
Home
Man
Old
Old Man
Our
Own
Pleasures
I am a morning writer; I am writing at eight-thirty in longhand and I keep at it until twelve-thirty, when I go for a swim. Then I come back, have lunch, and read in the afternoon until I take my walk for the next day's writing.
Afternoon
Am
Back
Come
Day
Go
I Am
Keep
Longhand
Lunch
Morning
Next
Read
Swim
Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.
After
America
Back
Backward
Barbaric
Because
Become
Black
Colonies
Considered
Democratic
England
France
Heritage
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
Back
Between
Fight
World
You
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
Any
Back
Certain
Certain Point
Longer
Must
Onward
Point
Reached
Turning
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Amount
Atheism
Back
Bring
God
Larger
Lead
Philosophy
Small
Small Amounts
Us
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
Around
Atheist
Back
Crawl
Dangerous
Easiest
Easiest Way
Few
Fold
Get
Go
Outside
Radical
Reputation
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
Avoid
Back
Could
Free
Hold
Holding
Nature
Perhaps
Something
Suffering
Sufferings
Very
World
You
Men are literally lying in bed with their wives when the marriage is essentially over, thinking, 'I've got to get the hell out of here', and have a fantasy woman in mind. Then you get divorced, meet a woman, marry her, and by the time all that goes by, you've aged a few years and are ready to go back to your ex-wife.
Aged
Back
Bed
By The Time
Divorced
Essentially
Ex-Wife
Fantasy
Few
Get
Go
Goes
Got
Hell
I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior.
After
Always
Ashamed
Back
Back To School
Behavior
Cried
Enough
Go
Had
Long
Old
Old Enough
Others
I am still shocking people today, and I don't know why. Is it because I'm a woman talking about sex and men? One magazine said that no one writes sex in the back of a Bentley better than Jackie Collins.
About
Am
Back
Because
Better
Collins
I Am
Jackie
Know
Magazine
Men
No-One
People
Said
Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before I might have despaired.
About
Back
Before
Book
Casino
Corrections
Day
Every
Finished
Had
Hours
Itself
Looked
Made
The great thing about America is I always come back with more books and more tip-offs of who to read. It's a country in love with crime fiction.
About
Always
America
Back
Books
Come
Country
Crime
Crime Fiction
Fiction
Great
Great Thing
Love
More
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.
America
Awhile
Back
Become
Been
Before
Breathing
Come
French
Guess
Just
Leave
Liked
Much
Let us say in the pocket of one of my old coats I find a movie ticket from many years ago. Once I see the ticket, not only do I remember that I saw this movie, but also scenes from this movie, which I think I have entirely forgotten, come back to me. Objects have this power, and I like it.
Also
Back
Coats
Come
Entirely
Find
Forgotten
I Remember
I See
I Think
Let Us
Like
Many
Me
I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities.
Art
Art history
Back
Because
Came
Chinese
Classes
Department
Facilities
History
Indian
Japanese
Lot
Much
Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.
Back
Bump
Look
Painting
Sculpture
Something
Up
You
My background is deep and set in deep time, and in a narrow space, oral traditions going back a long, long time, which I inherited by osmosis.
Back
Background
Deep
Going
Inherited
Long
Long time
Narrow
Oral
Set
Space
Time
Traditions
Which
I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
American
Back
Bobby
Book
Collected
Come
Days
Dylan
Folk
Folk music
Go
He
Knew
Lived
Jazz music, as is also the case with the old down-home spirituals, gospel and jubilee songs, jumps, shouts and moans, is essentially an American vernacular or idiomatic modification of musical conventions imported from Europe, beginning back during the time of the early settlers of the original colonies.
Also
American
Back
Beginning
Case
Colonies
Conventions
Early
Essentially
Europe
Gospel
Imported
Jazz
Jazz music
When I sit at my table to write, I never know what it's going to be until I'm under way. I trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn't. But I don't sit back waiting for it. I work every day.
Back
Day
Every
Every day
Going
Inspiration
Know
Never
Sit
Sometimes
Table
Trust
Until
Waiting
For people who are displaced, you can reconstruct the story of your life from the objects you have access to, but if you don't have the objects then there are holes in your life. This is why people in Bosnia - if anyone was running back into a burning house, it was to salvage photos.
Access
Anyone
Back
Bosnia
Burning
Displaced
Holes
House
Life
Objects
People
Photos
Reconstruct
Running
When I came to America, I was already a writer, already published in Bosnia. I was planning to go back, but I had no choice but to stay here after the civil war, so I enrolled at Northwestern in a master's program and studied American literature.
After
America
American
American literature
Back
Bosnia
Came
Choice
Civil
Civil war
Enrolled
Go
Had
Here
My fondest hope is that 'Roots' may start black, white, brown, red, yellow people digging back for their own roots. Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall.
Back
Black
Brown
Digging
Feel
Feet
Hope
Make
Man
May
Me
Own
People
Red
It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.
America
Anything
Back
Commit
Doing
Drink
Easy
England
Feels
Frightening
Happen
Here
Holding
How
All that we are not stares back at what we are.
Back
O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself.
Afraid
Am
Back
Better
Express
I am
I can
I love
I love you
Leave
Love
Love you
Me
Myself
I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.'
Anymore
Anything
Apart
Ask
Back
Build
Car
Could
Father
He
Hire
House
How
I think
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
Advance
Back
Before
Dance
Go
Least
Men
Must
Somewhat
Walk
A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
Back
Become
Brothers
Brothers and sisters
Child
Desert
Endures
Enemies
Father
His
Husbands
Inveterate
Love
May
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Back
Flow
Heart
Lost
Love
Love is
Never
Purify
Reciprocated
Soften
Will
If conservationists will attempt to resume responsibility for their need to eat, they will be led back fairly directly to all their previous concerns for the welfare of nature.
Attempt
Back
Concerns
Directly
Eat
Fairly
Led
Nature
Need
Previous
Responsibility
Resume
Welfare
Will
A child is beset with long traditions. And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back - it is already so far.
Adding
Back
Child
Far
Follow
Further
His
Infancy
Life
Long
Mere
Old
Seem
Throw