A'Lelia Walker did not subsidize specific writers, but she provided a place for all kinds of people to gather. She was one of the few blacks who had the money to allow her to entertain in the large scale.
No British TV company could ever make a series like 'The West Wing' about British politics. It would beggar credibility. No one could write it with a straight face, or perform it without giggling.
I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first.
A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.
In a time of crisis, there is rational tendency to turn to the writer.
World War II was a trauma that paralysed writers. It was something metaphysical, diabolical.
Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.
I figure that that has a ten year cycle. At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried that I would run into what is known as the writer's block, the feeling of not being able to do these things.
But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.
It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again.