Happy Birthday, Edith Pearlman, born 26 June 1936
- It’s very important for a writer to be unnoticed, as quiet and unnoticed as possible.
- I believe solitude to be not only the unavoidable human condition but also the sensible human preference.
- There’s no rule I want to break or ever wanted to break – I find the conventional life gratifying – as long as I can sit at my typewriter, alone, for half a day.
- What a rich phrase. You could live a life on the income it yielded.
- I always loved to read, and I wanted to be part of the project of literature. My physical longevity is due to luck, and my literary longevity is due to my physical longevity.
- All the stories I write come from someone I’ve met or some anecdote I’ve heard.
- I am slow. A sentence often takes an hour to compose before I throw it out. What can you do?
- Murder, arson, adultery, drugging and drinking, cruel politics–reading a book crammed with such activities can make the timid and yearning among us feel like the happiest people in the world.
- The natural world is often bleak, but the language devoted to it is as careful as needlepoint and prophetic as well.
- I wanted to publish a book simply to be buried with it; that’s all I wanted. I had no ambition beyond that.
Edith Pearlman is an American short story writer. She is is the recipient of the 2011 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short fiction. Her most recent collection, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
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