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Born: 1947-02-03
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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It's extremely difficult to get these jobs because you can't get a job on a ship unless you have seaman's paper's, and you can't get seaman's papers unless you have a job on a ship. There had to be a way to break through the circle, and he was the one who arranged it for me.

Tags: Difficult, Job, Seaman

All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.

Tags: Children, Money, Time

It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.

Tags: End, Night, Someone

If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.

Tags: Ready

Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.

Tags: Change, Forever, Moment

There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round.

Tags: Everyone, Hope, Makes

You have to protect it too, you can't let just any stupid person take it and do something demoralizing with it. At the same time, I don't believe in being so rigid about controlling what happens either.

Tags: Happens, Stupid, Time

You see, the interesting thing about books, as opposed, say, to films, is that it's always just one person encountering the book, it's not an audience, it's one to one.

Tags: Audience, Book, Books

You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.

Tags: Put, Sky, Until

I don't know if she should worry too much, I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books, lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies, it doesn't hurt the book.

Tags: Greatest, Hurt, Movies

I don't think that you can be prescriptive about anything, I mean, life is too complicated. Maybe there are novels where the author has not in the least thought about it in terms of film, which can be turned into good films.

Tags: Good, Life, Mean

I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.

Tags: America, Become, Poetry

I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.

Tags: Food, Money, Work

We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.

Tags: Lose, Next, Ourselves
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