And at this moment of truth for our country, we laid bare the cost and consequence of Donald Trump: the rise in hate crimes, the terror attack in El Paso, the perversion of the Constitution, the diminished standing of the United States around the world. But we also made clear the common responsibility to confront him, to hold him accountable and ensure that he does not serve another term in office. Committing ourselves to this task not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first before we are anything else.
tantly, just constantly. And everyone knows this.…w York and not have an opinion about The Corrections. The likelihood of that happening is less now. It’s less likely that someone is going to fake a perception of a book that they have not consumed and didn’t have real thoughts on. But with stories in a magazine or a website, they’re going to do that constantly, just constantly. And everyone knows this. Everyone knows that it is very possible to go to a bar with five people and read up on the news and slowly realize no one has read any of the stories you’re talking about.
…d to just say, “I don’t care.” But I do care because my intention with the story is meaningful, and I don’t like the fact that our culture has moved in this direction where the perceived meaning matters more than the intended meaning.
You’re always writing books for a slightly younger version of yourself, because you can’t write a book that teaches you something you don’t know. I can’t surprise myself by something I write that’s coming from my own mind. What I’m really doing is kind of writing the book for the version of myself that came up with the original idea a few years ago. I feel like if somebody read all of my books straight through they would see my maturation, and I think that’s what I want.
Now, I guess, the fact that I constantly daydream is seen as surprising to people. People have told me that it doesn’t even happen to them. But it does to me. After I get off the phone with you I’m going to mow my lawn. That’s going to take me about an hour and a half, and I will just sort of daydream for an hour and a half. I don’t know if I’ll come up with anything interesting, but that will happen.
I would guess that there’s probably someone older than me who might have said, “When I moved to New York, I would get on the train sometimes and I would see people reading Wuthering Heights. And now I get on the train and I see five people reading The Tipping Point.” To that person, this may have been an erosion in the seriousness of literature. And there will be a time in the future, I know it, when someone will bemoan the fact that no one loo…
traight ahead and…The Tipping Point.” To that person, this may have been an erosion in the seriousness of literature. And there will be a time in the future, I know it, when someone will bemoan the fact that no one looks at their phone anymore because there will be an implant, in a contact lens, or something maybe in your inner ear or something, where you’ll be able to just sit there and stare straight ahead and people will miss the fact that we used to look at phones.
…they would buy the book they wanted — and four others. And, now I don’t know anyone who buys books. It’s bizarre, because we read all day now. We’re on our phone, and on the computer, we literally read all day long.