Jane Smiley – In the traditional urban novel…

In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the…


“In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion.”
-Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley – There are hundreds of Frank…

There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other…


“There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other countries, too. Wright lived into his 90s, and one of his most famous buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, was completed just before his death. Wright buildings look like Wright buildings – that is their paradox.”
-Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley – Is human nature basically good…

Is human nature basically good or evil? No economist can embark upon his profession without…


“Is human nature basically good or evil? No economist can embark upon his profession without considering this question, and yet they all seem to. And they all seem to think human nature is basically good, or they wouldn’t be surprised by the effects of deregulation.”
-Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley – In December 1998, I considered…

In December 1998, I considered myself an expert on love. I was almost a year…


“In December 1998, I considered myself an expert on love. I was almost a year into a relationship, one that had grown more slowly than I had wished, but once it flowered it was much more stimulating than any marriage or relationship I had known.”
-Jane Smiley