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I never listen to music when I am writing. It would be impossible. I listen to Bach in the mornings, mostly choral music: also some Handel, mostly songs and arias: I like Schubert's and Beethoven's chamber music and Sibelius' symphonies: for opera, I listen to Mozart and in recent years Wagner.

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The sentences I write have their roots in song and poetry, and take their bearings from music and painting, as much as from the need to impart mere information, or mirror anything. I am not a realist writer, even if I seem like one.

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The novel space is a pure space. I'm nobody once I go into that room. I'm not gay, I'm not bald, I'm not Irish. I'm not anybody. I'm nobody. I'm the guy telling the story, and the only person that matters is the person reading that story, the target. It's to get that person to feel what I'm trying to dramatize.

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In my 20s, as I began to travel in Europe, I found comfort in religious paintings. Even though my own belief in Catholic dogma had been shaken and weakened, I found that the beauty and the richness of the art still held me.

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