Literary Birthday – 3 December – Mark Salzman

Happy Birthday, Mark Salzman, born 3 December 1959


  1. My writing is how I maintain.
  2. Every moment a beginning. Every moment an end.
  3. Our world cannot be complete without you, and without hearing what you have to say. True justice cannot exist without compassion; compassion cannot exist without understanding. But no one will understand you unless you speak, and are able to speak clearly.
  4. If you do all that work of figuring out exactly how writing is done, then it’s available to you at anytime, and you can build on it. It’s like the difference between shooting one hoop and having it go in by accident and saying later, ‘I shot a basket,’ – and practising so much you can do it whenever you want.
  5. I don’t like being talked into things by ungraceful people.

Mark Salzman is an American writer. He is best known for his memoir Iron and Silk, which describes his experiences living in China as an English teacher in the early 1980s. He is also the author of the memoir Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia, and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He also wrote True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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