Robert Birnbaum

Brad Watson

Brad Watson

"I knew how those people were flawed and yet very sweet and kind and generous at the same time. If I have a vision of humanity, it's that. Rarely do you see what you perceive to be pure evil."

Brady Udall

Brady Udall

"I think that's what a lot of people object to in writing programs—a lot of private school kids being shuffled into a graduate program who have never seen anything or done anything."

James Gleick

James Gleick

"One of the things that I think about in this book is what happens to people's behavior when they are anonymous online. My view is it gets bad, and deceit becomes the rule, and people get carried away with their ability to hide behind masks."

John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick

"I found that it was frustrating to me to find the good stories and also to get access to the good stories in journalism. Whereas in novels, of course, you create the good stories and you manage the plot and decide on the characters and have everything under your control."

Thomas McGuane

Thomas McGuane

"Writing a novel is like doing the Appalachian Trail by yourself. You're out there, nobody to talk to, nobody knows what you are doing, and if you have this great burst and you want to run out of your office and tell about this great scene, nobody is remotely interested."