William Styron — American Novelist born on June 11, 1925,

William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work... (wikipedia)

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.
Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis.
I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell.