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“Writing nonfiction is more like sculpture, a matter of shaping the research into the finished thing. Novels are like paintings, specifically watercolors. Every stroke you put down you have to go with. Of course you can rewrite, but the original strokes are still therein the texture of the thing.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 476.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 176 of The Paris Review, 2006.

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