It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N. Security Council.
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And Silence of the Lambs is a really smart book.
I really enjoy doing both, but I didn't write nonfiction until 1994.
If you're interested in how people behave, if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves, the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard to ignore drugs nowadays, because that is so much part of the conversation.
We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.
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We have boys now, and men, in the rock and roll business and all the show business, who have this reaction on women. They scream. They yell. They do all sorts of wild things.
One does, after all, take on many of the givens of a society when one takes on its language.
I see this as my humanitarian legacy. We're prepared to pay billions.