I prefer fiction to non-fiction because it’s better written. From the time I was young, it was my favorite ficiton writers who inspired me to write non-fiction as if it were fiction. Not faking information or changing information or exagerrating information—the storytelling technique. It was all drawn on my enthusiasm from my favorite fiction writers—Carson McCullers and John Cheever and Hemingway and Irwin Shaw, a wonderful forgotten writer. And of course F. Scott Fitzgerald, my favorite writer of all-time.
Who sayes that fictions onely and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Is all good structure in a winding stair?
May no lines passe, except they do their dutie
Not to a true, but painted chair?
Is it no verse, except enchanted groves
And sudden arbours shadow course-spunne lines?
Must purling streams refresh a lovers loves?
Must all be vail’d, while he that reades, divines,
Catching the sense at two removes?
Shepherds are honest people; let them sing:
Riddle who list, for me, and pull for Prime:
I envie no mans nightingale or spring;
Nor let them punish me with losse of rime,
Who plainly say, My God, My King.
[see also poem analysis]
He is on-line almost 24 hours a day, and has become a digital militant, eliminating any kind of middleman. He speaks to his readers directly.
“Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere,” he says - he is likely to soon reach 15 million followers in social networks.
The easier communication with readers made him give up autograph sessions and marketing trips.
“I only accept going to interesting places now. Next week I’m going to Azerbaijan. No more hotels,” he brags.
I’m modern because I make the difficult seem easy, and so I can communicate with the whole world.
Paulo Coelho on reinventing himself to be a “modern” writer, rather than the mysticism he is known for; Folha de S.Paulo - Internacional - En - Culture - “Ulysses” was harmful to literature, says Coelho - 04/08/2012
Beneath the laid-back exterior is a steely determination. He does not speak of it, he just does it.
Duncan Laing about Danyon Loader, double gold medal winning kiwi swimmer in 1996; 20 NZ Olympic Moments: No. 7, ‘Quiet assassin’ set swimming world on fire - 20 NZ Olympic Moments - NZ Herald News