Tragedy is one of the larger prices we pay for being alive. No one ever sidesteps tragedy. It is always there, shadowing us.
We don't like admitting this, but it is a key component of human existence: the fact that life has the potential for things both wondrous and horrific.
If there is an abiding theme in 'The Pursuit of Happiness,' it is the idea that you come into the world already shaped by other people's past histories.
With a novel, no matter where I am in it, I'm fretting about it. Every time I write a book, it starts with great forward momentum. Then there seems to be a period where it slows down a bit, and other things intervene. Then I gain momentum.
From Graham Greene, I learnt how to be an accessible writer who grapples with our doubts as sentient individuals.