Philip Roth, 79, no longer wants to read, talk about, or write fiction. In a recent interview in The New York Times he said, “I can’t face any more days when I write five pages and throw them away.”
Elmore Leonard, 87, who recently received the
National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to
American Letters, was quoted in Publishers Weekly as saying: ‘The only thing
I’ve ever wanted to do in my life is have a good time writing stories,
and this award tells me I’m still good at it.’”
No argument there.
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