E. L. Doctorow. A hell of a writer. Not familiar with his work? Read Ragtime. His fictional characters mingle with the likes of Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington, and Harry Houdini. It’s a great novel, and Doctorow was a true New York original, now gone to the great melting pot in the sky. RIP, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow.
“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”
“The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.”
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
“The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.”