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"I have never written that HIV does not cause AIDS. I donít think Iíve ever said that HIV does not cause AIDS. I took one semester of journalism in college. The first thing one is taught is to answer the question: what happened? What happened in 1987 was that a top virologist -- Peter Duesberg -- published a paper in which he argued that HIV was not the cause of AIDS. That was the news event that I reported on. It is not for me to say as a journalist -- as a nonscientist -- what causes or doesnít cause AIDS. But it is for me to say as a journalist whatís going on the landscape of AIDS dialectic."
"I think one of the most disappointing things is thatÖ naively, I guess, I thought I would meet a lot of writers. And that weíd all be talking about ideas. But writers tend to be very insecure, and when they get together itís more like ďwell, how much did yours go for?Ē And Iím like, I thought we would be talking about philosophy, like in a Woody Allen movie."
"I had literally never seen a lump of coal before that moment and had spent most of my adult life thinking -- like most Americans -- that electricity flows down from a golden bowl in the sky. I had no idea where it came from, or what it really costs us. When the NYT sent me to West Virginia to write about the comeback of the coal industry, I was stunned by what I saw. Not just the environmental devastation but also the economic devastation that I saw in the coal mining regions."
"Me, I just want a conversation with an author, in my head, that leads to some new insights about religion and science. I picked up The Language of God most curious to discover whether a volume that is blurbed by Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and by South African Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- not to mention by singer Naomi Judd -- might fit the bill."
Barbara J. King
I've never really thought of myself as a fantasy writer, to be honest, when writing rough drafts or even revisions. I don't think, "Let me find an example of how a fantasy writer handled this." I don't divide fiction out that way, so I handled their love affair and outcome the same way I would if I were writing fiction set in the real world. It's very limiting -- and gives you fewer tools to work with -- if you really deep down think of yourself as anything other than just 'a fiction writer.'"
Geoffrey H. Goodwin
"Youíre in this beautiful place behind the walls and the guards are there, which is really typical of many places in New Delhi -- even in the wealthier and middle classes. Itís an overwhelming sensory infusion of sounds, sights, smells and poverty and wealth and power and languages. Itís just an assault that I love. I say this not in jest sometimes but itís true, you know? I think I must have kind of a hard ass. I accepted it the way I think you accept chaos."