Intellectually, I am a hitchhiker who gathers his education along highways and under bridges.
– Truman Capote ‘Answered Prayers’
Oh, the trifles, the people, that get on your nerves when you have a neurosis!
We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.
– Joan Didion (‘The White Album’)