A work of art doesn’t need to provide complete answers in order to succeed. It needs only to excite us into asking questions and give us a place to think about them while we become involved in other people’s lives.
Short stories are often treated as the poor cousins of novels.
Yet while Vidal writes best about power, politics, and history White’s strengths are sex, art and – sometimes – love. Each tends to stumble when he enters the other’s domain.
An obsessed reader figured that ‘Armistead Maupin’ was an anagram for ‘is a man I dreamt up’.
Dutton, the home of Winnie the Pooh, would find a second identity as a home for gay fiction.
Most straight people, and many gay people, especially those who came of age more recently, don’t understand how momentous and difficult coming out was to men and women of this generation. It seems so obvious now, so banal.
We’re happier when the assholes are villains.
A writer who can’t use his firsthand experience must turn to secondhand experience, which can lead to thirdhand clichés.