‘Don’t, on replacing the recycling bin, notice the complete short stories of Flannery O’Connor resting on the kitchen table, and think you’ll just take a look at the first one, to get a clearer sense of her writing.’
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‘Very early on I set rules for dealing with rejection; sulk for a day, eat chocolate. The next day, see what can be improved. ‘