From Library Journal
Plimpton has collected and classified choice bits largely from interviews in the noted Writers at Work series (published by Viking Penguin). Under headings like "Work Habits," "On Theater," or "On Sex" appear the remarks of several writers, ranging from lively one-liners to longer reflections. Naturally no consensus ever emerges, making this a book one dips into rather than reads through. It is thus more likely to be purchased than borrowed. Budding creative writers seeking how-to advice would have to heed the many quotes here denying that such a thing exists, although they would be entertained and perhaps reassured by the sheer variety of opinions. Most writers and readers would find more sustenance in the full original interviews.- Donald Ray, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
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" LSD? Nothing much happened, but I did get the distinct impression that some birds were trying to communicate with me."
" What makes me feel as though I belong here, out in this world, is not the teacher, not the mother, not the lover but what goes on in my mind when I am writing."
" It was not he [E. M. Forster] who fathered that trite little whimsy about characters getting out of hand; it is as old as the quills, although of course one sym-
pathizes with his people if they try to wriggle out
of that trip to India or wherever he takes them. My characters are galley slaves."
" You know that if I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back as a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything."
" I occasionally have an anti-Roth reader in mind. I think, How he is going to hate this! That can be just the encouragement I need."
" I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it under water for every part that shows."