I have lived in the world and taken part in many things outside myself. The problem with most American writers is they only write about themselves, and they’re not very interesting. I don’t care about why the marriage went wrong and why the author left his wife for the au pair girl when he did not get tenure at Ann Arbor, which really broke his heart. I mean these books should be written on Kleenex and disposed of. But everybody’s been told in the United States that he is interesting. “You are a very interesting person. I can just tell!” or “My feelings are just as good as your feelings.” Well, that is a fairly true statement, but what’s a feeling? We all have feelings and most of them are not worth dealing with. It’s what you know, it’s what you think, and if you have the gift of invention, very rare may I say, it’s what you make up.