The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of.
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I think the sport of wrestling, which I became involved with at the age of 14... I competed until I was 34, kind of old for a contact sport. I coached the sport until I was 47. I think the discipline of wrestling has given me the discipline I have to write.
You can't impose your political feelings on your children, ... I thought about it, but I didn't think about it very torturously or hard. I'm 63 years old, and I'm not nave enough to think that my staying in Vermont would have any influence on the first lady or her husband.
Half my life is an act of revision.
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To all the positions, I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player, I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish, I think that transfers to the other players.
Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
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