I welcome the new responsibilities that accrue with age, and commit myself to trying to fulfill them. [Here’s] …what I will try to do in the next five years. And maybe longer, but let’s just take things one lustrum (5-year period) at a time. (2016.4.3)
I’m not cut out to be a pundit — I don’t trust my own instant opinions. But I had to say something. I think what I said was that the aggression of Sept. 11 had been so extreme, that it called for an extreme response, and I was not prepared to condemn the attacks [bombing of Afghanistan] without knowing a lot more about them. (2001.10.07)
“Scrittore?” said the brown-haired girl at the desk of the pensione in Naples, with a trill of joy in her voice.