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“You can’t drive a bent nail home.”

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source: “Flying Scrolls,” in The Skylark: and Other Poems (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1959), 72.

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“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry…Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work are involved.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II (New York: Picador, 2007), 190.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 82 of The Paris Review, 1981.

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