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“The first book is always the most fun, because when you write your first book you’re just a writer. Then you get published. Then you become an author, and once you’re an author the whole thing changes. You have a track record. You have a public. A certain literary persona. You can become very self-conscious and start to compete with yourself. No fun at all.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 383.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 138 of The Paris Review, 1996.

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