I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
More Quotes from Irwin Shaw:Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.
The theater went from just weekend shows to Wednesday and Thursday also,
The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.
The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded.
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Although I don't take myself very seriously, I do take my work extraordinarily seriously.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan