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Born: 1932-02-08
Profession: Composer
Nation: American
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So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories.

Tags: Done, Memories, Ourselves

The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.

Tags: Best, Between, Wonderful

One is always enthralled, I think, when a young writer you're just beginning to read and comprehend dies.

Tags: Beginning, Read, Young

There is something unwholesome and destructive about the entire writing process.

Tags: Entire, Process, Writing

A writer starts out, I think, wanting to be a transfiguring agent, and ends up usually just making contact, contact with other human beings. This, unsurprisingly, is not enough.

Tags: Enough, Human, Making

It's become fashionable these days to say that the writer writes because he is not whole, he has a wound, he writes to heal it, but who cares if the writer is not whole; of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well.

Tags: Become, Days, Whole

Many writers today are wanderers. There is not only an unhousedness in language - how to convey, to say nothing of converge - but an unhousedness of place.

Tags: Language, Place, Today

Writers are like eremites or anchorites - natural-born eremites or anchorites - who seem puzzled as to why they went up the pole or into the cave in the first place.

Tags: Place, Seem, Why
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