1985 editorial comment

“I really couldn’t enjoy Los Angeles, despite meeting the famous as above, until I started to work on my new book on Warrior Queens in the library of UCLA.  I simply wasn’t used to a life of doing nothing in a hotel and it produced melancholy . . . .  It was a city, we found, where people worked hard on films and went to bed early; it didn’t suit our way of life of roistering and relaxing after the theater.”

Antonia Fraser.  Must You Go? My life with Harold Pinter.  New York: Doubleday, 2012.  182.

Sounds good to me: a city where people go to bed early and are about early in the morning.  I could live with that.

26 May [1978]

“[John Fowles] and I discuss fans’ letters which ask for advice.  His is, briefly: ‘Those who need to ask how to be a writer will never make it.’  Mine, to married women wanting to be ‘a writer like you’: ‘You need to be a very, very selfish person.’  No doubt households, hitherto peaceful, are being widely disrupted where the wife has taken my advice.”

Antonia Fraser.  Must You Go? My life with Harold Pinter.  New York: Doubleday, 2012.  116.

3 June [1978]

“We interviewed Vidia Naipaul . . . . Vidia reveals that he writes fiction and non-fiction quite differently—typewriter v. hand-writing.  I love hearing details of writers’ craft, as cannibals eat the brains of clever men to get cleverer.”

Antonia Fraser.  Must You Go? My life with Harold Pinter.  New York: Doubleday, 2012.  105.