A conversation with Philip Roth.
Though my seven years of doing what I do have nothing on Roth’s nearly seventy, I too intuited the same tyranny of traducers’ attempts at “social control” when I reflected on the learnings of the past seven years:
When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.
"Writing is both bomb and bomb disposal—a necessary shattering of cliche and assumption, and a powerful defusing of the soul-destroying messages of modern life (that nothing matters, nothing changes, money is everything, etc). Writing is a state of being as well as an act of doing."
—Jeanette Winterson to The Guardian