A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors.
The definition of gumbo is almost as slippery as that of Creole. Just as gumbo can contain pretty much any kind of meat or seafood, Creole is a vague and inclusive term for native New Orleanians, who may be black or white, depending on whom you're asking.
Eat, drink and remarry is my motto.
The most interesting things that happen in my books are usually the things that arise spontaneously, the things that surprise me.
If being a spokesman for a generation is a fleeting occupation, being a symbol of an era is downright dangerous for anyone who has the bad luck to outlive it.
Most novelists I know went through a period of intense self-examination and self-loathing after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. I certainly did.
You know, Greenwich Village was the traditional bohemia of New York. I wish I could say that was entirely true now. It's, uh... changed. It's now got, God help us, investment bankers and journalists, but it's still a very beautiful part of New York.
I'm afraid that - not necessarily deliberately, but consistently - I've made a kind of laboratory out of my life, where I mix the stuff in the test tubes to create explosions - possibly resulting in interesting by-products. I mean, not deliberately - I'd be crazy to deliberately do that - or maybe not.
I don't think I've left a trail of weeping women in my wake. I mean, the number of serious relationships I've had has not been into double digits.
I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they're going. But I find writing is a process of discovery.
I like the fact that I'm living in the world rather than in a university.
I remain a fan of my friend Bret Easton Ellis's 'American Psycho.' I think as a book about New York in the '80s it was pretty excellent.
I'm a romantic; you have to be to marry four times.
Love is the eternal quest: almost everyone wants to love and be loved.
Mine is not an autonomous imagination.
My former wife is a very eccentric woman, which is why I still love her.
'Socialist' is the nastiest thing you can say about an American politician in some quarters.
We've been hearing about the death of the novel ever since the day after Don Quixote was published.
Yeah, 'Gossip Girl' is a good show. It's a real New York show, like 'Sex and the City.'
You know, I'm always surprised when I read profiles, and they make me sound so jaded. I am so not jaded.