A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Interviewer: You are suffering from pre-publication schizophrenia with accompanying megalomania on the manic side of the moon.
Mailer: Not the first author to be so afflicted.
Whatever an author puts between the two covers of his book is public property; whatever of himself he does not put there is his private property, as much as if he had never written a word.
No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.
Authors are magpies, echoing each other’s words and seizing avidly on anything that glitters.
Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.