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I was thinking, too, of Superman and his fortress of solitude. ---->>>

Louis Pasteur said, 'Chance favors the prepared mind.' If you're really engaged in the writing, you'll work yourself out of whatever jam you find yourself in. ---->>>

I love Richard Yates, his work, and the novel, Revolutionary Road. It's a devastating novel. ---->>>

The First Amendment has the same role in my life as a citizen and a writer as the sun has in our ecosystem. ---->>>

I have a deadline. I'm glad. I think that will help me get it done. ---->>>

As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war. It was exciting to think that I could write about World War Two from a totally new place. ---->>>

I wasn't involved, except to the degree that they sent me drafts of the script as the writer turned them in. They asked me at one point to write a memo about what I thought of it. ---->>>

What's going to be hard for me is to try to divorce myself as much as possible from what I wrote. I'll have to approach it simply as raw material and try to craft a film script out of it. ---->>>

That's the best thing about writing, when you're in that zone, you're porous, ready to absorb the solution. ---->>>

Moby Dick - that book is so amazing. I just realized that it starts with two characters meeting in bed; that's how my book begins, too, but I hadn't noticed the parallel before, two characters forced to share a bed, reluctantly. ---->>>

It was fun. That was something I came to fairly late. ---->>>

Joe is the hero and Sammy is the sidekick. That's how I feel about it. ---->>>

People keep saying, 'Oh, you're getting all these great reviews, that must make you really happy.' I guess it does, but mostly it's just a relief. ---->>>

Comic books were just the means for me to tell the story. ---->>>

Every time another review comes out I let out a deep breath. ---->>>

It is unusual for Joe to be that way, but that's what interested me. ---->>>

So it was scary, but that's how it goes. To my great delight, I discovered that it did all belong. ---->>>

That was all very nice of them. They didn't have to do anything because I wasn't officially involved at all. ---->>>

The things I keep going back to, rereading, maybe they say more about me as a reader than about the books. Love in the Time of Cholera, Pale Fire. ---->>>

I wanted to give readers the feeling of knowing the characters, a mental image. ---->>>

He comes to this other world and he has to reinvent himself. Again, it felt natural, even though I'd been working really hard trying to come up with something. ---->>>

I found one remaining box of comics which I had saved. When I opened it up and that smell came pouring out, that old paper smell, I was struck by a rush of memories, a sense of my childhood self that seemed to be contained in there. ---->>>

I was surprised that my wife thought it was a good idea, then again with my agent, another woman, then my editor, another woman - in spite of the fact that all three of them reacted positively I still have this fear. ---->>>

It was an incredible resource. I'd sit with a big stack of bound New Yorkers in the library and read through, especially the 'Talk of the Town' sections. ---->>>

It's good to have it over with. I worked on it a long time, and I didn't know what people were going to think of it. Would people like it? Would they buy it? So far it's been doing pretty well. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-24, 1963
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Michael Chabon ( SHAY-bon; born May 24, 1963) is an American novelist, short story writer, and Pulitzer Prize winner. Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was published when he was 25. He followed it with Wonder Boys (1995), and two short-story collections. In 2000, Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a novel that John Leonard, in a 2007 review of a later novel, called Chabon's magnum opus. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001 (see: 2001 in literature). His novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, an alternate history mystery novel, was published in 2007 and won the Hugo, Sidewise, Nebula and Ignotus awards; his serialized novel Gentlemen of the Road appeared in book form in the fall of that same year. In 2012 Chabon published Telegraph Avenue, billed as "a twenty-first century Middlemarch," concerning the tangled lives of two families in the Bay Area of San Francisco in the year 2004. Chabon followed Telegraph Avenue in November 2016 with his latest novel, Moonglow, a fictionalized memoir of his maternal grandfather, based upon his deathbed confessions under the influence of powerful painkillers in a Florida hospital in 1989. Chabon's work is characterized by complex language, the frequent use of metaphor along with recurring themes, including nostalgia, divorce, abandonment, fatherhood, and most notably issues of Jewish identity. He often includes gay, bisexual, and Jewish characters in his work. Since the late 1990s, Chabon has written in an increasingly diverse series of styles for varied outlets; he is a notable defender of the merits of genre fiction and plot-driven fiction, and, along with novels, he has published screenplays, children's books, comics, and newspaper serials.(wikipedia)