Happy Birthday, Herman Wouk, born 27 May 1915
- In terms of narrative, my boy, there’s nothing but the Bible for sheer storytelling.
- When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.
- I regard the writing of humour as a supreme artistic challenge.
- Write a page a day. It will add up.
- The films of The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar always seemed to me mere thin skims of the story lines, and I never did see a meagre Hollywood caper called Youngblood Hawke, vaguely based on my 800-page novel. So it was that I opted for television, with its much broader time limits, for The Winds of War.
- Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.
- This life is slow suicide, unless you read.
- I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule.
- I used to say that computers are useless for the creative mind - it was brain and paper, no other way. That was a rap. I found it actually does go a lot faster than scribbling.
- I felt there’s a wealth in Jewish tradition, a great inheritance. I’d be a jerk not to take advantage of it.
Wouk is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose novels include The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
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