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I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior FBI-men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-hole and missing laundry list school. … Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering.
Beautiful songs could sometimes take a person out of themselves and carry them away to a place of magic. But when Jill sang, it was not about the song, really. She could sing the phone book. She could sing a shopping list. Whatever she sang, whatever the words or the tune, it was so beautiful, so achingly lovely, that no one could listen and be untouched.
When I got my very first phone call that I’d hit the ‘New York Times’ list, I had a small rush of ‘I’ve made it!’ But the next morning, it occurred to me I didn’t know what it was, so I called my agent and asked what being a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author really meant. He informed me that I was now a thousand pound gorilla.
I had made a list of about ten things that I remembered from the original ‘Total Recall’ before I went back and watched. It had been about twenty years. I wanted to write it out before I watched it again. And I felt if those things stayed with me long enough, those are the things that I wanted to highlight.