Happy Birthday, Charles Baxter, born 13 May 1947
- When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.
- The twentieth century has built up a powerful set of intellectual short cuts and devices that help us defend ourselves against moments when clouds suddenly appear to think.
- If you want to see the consequences of ideas, write a story. If you want to see the consequences of belief, write a story in which somebody is acting on the ideas or beliefs that she has.
- When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.
- Literature is not an instruction manual.
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