The detachment of the artist is kind of creepy. It's kind of rude, and yet really it's where art comes from. It's not the same as courage. It's closer to bad manners than to courage. [...] if you're going to be a writer, you basically have to say, 'this is just who I am [... ]'. There's a certain indefensibility about it. It's not about loving your community and taking care of it "" you're not attached to the chamber of commerce. It's a little unsafe. You have to be willing to have only four friends, not 11.

The detachment of the artist is kind of creepy. It's kind of rude, and yet really it's where art comes from. It's not the same as courage. It's closer to bad manners than to courage. [...] if you're going to be a writer, you basically have to say, 'this is just who I am [... ]'. There's a certain indefensibility about it. It's not about loving your community and taking care of it