“I would probably have to say that reading fiction — those stories fill the space that other people might use religious stories for. The bulk of what I know about human life I’ve gotten from novels. And I think the thing about novels that make them important to the people who love them is that there’s always another perspective.”—Tom Perrotta on fiction vs. religion (via nprfreshair)
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The Wall Street Journal:Do you tend to know where you are going as you write, or do you wander and discover the plot as you go?
Peter Carey:There are moments of complete panic in each book. At some stage, you fall of a cliff and you have to sit down and remind yourself what it is and why it can work and why you're writing the book. And it wouldn't be worth it if it wasn't like that.
WSJ:Does that kind of approach result in abandoned manuscripts?
Peter Carey:No, I won't do it. I always think there's nothing that can't be solved. I used to sit and write to myself: "What is this book about?" "This is a book about this and this and this." "Can somebody write this book?" And I would write, "Yes." "So why don't you do it?"
WSJ:You've been mistaken for novelist Ian McEwan on occasion at book parties and literary festivals. Do people ever think he's Peter Carey?