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“I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction, totality of vision or structure was really all that remained.”
John Hawkes
“Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity...is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?”
John Hawkes, The Blood Oranges
“I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme.”
John Hawkes
“If the birds sing, the nudes are not far off.”
John Hawkes
“Motive is never easy. Sometimes it occurs to one only later.”
John Hawkes
“She knew there was enormous penalty for what they had done to her - but she could not conceive of that, did not require that: she only wanted a little comfort, a bit of charity; with the awfulness, the unknowable, removed.”
John Hawkes, The Lime Twig
“Some time ago I discovered that I could no longer speak aloud or read aloud from a stage, even for the sake of hearing the effect that my writer’s voice produced on listeners. Now, curiously, the more I merely try to live, the more reclusive I become, the vainer I am. At last I am as vain as the one who instantly voices his silence inside me.”
John Hawkes


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