Paul Auster Quotes
I don’t even own a computer. I write by hand then I type it up on an old manual typewriter. But I cross out a lot – I’m not writing in stone tablets, it’s just ink on paper. I don’t feel comfortable without a pen or a pencil in my hand. I can’t think with my fingers on the keyboard. Words are generated for me by gripping the pen, and pressing the point on the paper.
I’ve been trying to fit everything in, trying to get to the end before it’s too late, but I see now how badly I’ve deceived myself. Words do not allow such things. The closer you come to the end, the more there is to say. The end is only imaginary, a destination you invent to keep yourself going, but a point comes when you realize you will never get there. You might have to stop, but that is only because you have run out of time. You stop, but that does not mean you have come to an end.
Art is not politics. The glory of the novel is that in its essence, it is a democratic form, because it treats individuals as worthy of scrutiny. That alone is a kind of political act. A good novel about a tea party of rich women can be just as galvanizing and important to the soul as War and Peace, so I think it’s not really the job of artists to do anything. They can have their opinions as private citizens, but they must continue making their art.