You don’t become a writer to pay the rent. If you do make money at writing, then you’re not only a writer, you gain an extra word in your title, and you become a “lucky writer.”
People think that spirituality is about beliefs, but it isn’t. It’s about looking, as deeply as possible, into the believer. If literature has a function, for me, this approaches it.
When my latest book got copy edited and type-set, spelling and punctuation were fully Americanized — and it just didn’t work. I had to accept, albeit a little grudgingly, what an English writer I am.
Here in America we are like a people asleep and dreaming on top of something we both know and don’t know is an enormous weapon aimed at the whole world, including every one of us.
Literature’s essential moral duty is to make us feel more than we did before, to induce the radical empathy that helps us imagine the suffering and exaltation of other human beings.