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“The order of pieces in a given book is mostly a matter of trying to make sure they don’t get in each other’s way. Much like hanging pictures for a show. Some pictures fight other pictures, not because either is a bad picture, but because the scale fights or the color fights.”

Interview with J. D. O’Hara (1981), in Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews (New York: Random House, 1997), 282–83.
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