"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
"Someone, who I shall never name because they are close to me and I love them, told me a few weeks before we moved here [to the U.K.] that 'there are good things about socialism, you know.' I would like for that person to now come here and have to do a job that depended on the national monopoly of a totally incompetent entity. I would like that a whole lot. I think it would change her mind."