"Look, before we go on, I want to say a little more about craft. It is a grab bag of procedures, tricks, lore, formal gymnastics, symbolic superstructures—methodology, in short. It’s the compendium of what you’ve acquired from others. And since great writers communicate a vision of existence, one can’t usually borrow their methods. The method is married to the vision. No, one acquires craft more from good writers and mediocre writers with a flair. Craft, after all, is what you can take out whole from their work. But keeping in shape is something else."
Norman Mailer (via theparisreview)
Thought about James Wood’s words on Zadie Smith’s NW when I read this.
"I am sure I’ll be joining you here in a couple of years for your next book, which may be called What Bloomberg Wants."
— Mike Bloomberg at a book party for Tom Doctoroff’s book, What Chinese Want. The mayor also had some thoughts about China and New York.