"We fell into an amiable political argument with some people at the next table. ‘What are your politics anyway?’ one of them asked me.
‘I’m an anarchist,’ I said. That usually shut them up.
‘Oh yeah? Have you read Kropotkin? Bakunin? Nechaiev?’
I was caught flat-footed. This was the first I had heard that you had to read anything to be an anarchist. It sounded distinctly unanarchistic."
—Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of MacDougal Street
"Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery."
—Joe Haldeman (via maxkirin)