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

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

All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.

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

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.

DeLillo never seems committed to me to what he is writing. Very nice surfaces, but he's got nothing underneath.

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

Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel.

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

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.

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.

Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time.