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There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola.

Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August. That was incredible.

I liked Camille Paglia. I liked her even better when I heard her talk.

It's so wrong when I pick up a new edition of Huckleberry Finn and I look at the last page and it doesn't say, Yours truly, at the end.

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot. But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner. He did it better.

One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like.

Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know.

Foucault was the one person I met in France that I could talk to. He was a mensch. You know whether you agree with him or not because you know what he is saying.

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present.

I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.

Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th century should read Kaddish.

Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail. He almost married Stein.

I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies.

I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis.

I like that people who are not experts can not only understand but get engaged by my work. I like that Joe Paterno can read me. Bill Bradley.

I never met anybody in my life who says, I want to be a critic. People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist.

I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake.

I used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling.

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's somebody doing something because I pushed them in that direction.

It's funny to be a critic.