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My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.
Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done.
I'm not one of those writers I learned about who get up in the morning, put a piece of paper in their typewriter machine and start writing. That I've never understood.
I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause, then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty, to go through with that particular course of action.
I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture.
I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.
I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident.
I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper.
Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.
But when you're deprived of it for a lengthy period then you value human companionship. But you have to survive and so you devise all kinds of mental exercises and it's amazing.
But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms.
But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all.
Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.
Two Faced People
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