All the time I've felt that life is a wager. And that I probably was getting more out of leading a bohemian existence, as a writer, than I would have if I didn't. So, writing is important to me and if it helps me do that or enhances and prolongs and deepens, and sometimes intensifies, argument and conversation, it's worth it to me. Sure. So I was knowingly taking a risk. [...] It's impossible for me to imagine having my life without going to those parties, having those late nights. [...] I wouldn't cut any of that out.
Interviewed by Charlie Rose (ca. 18:00-19:15)
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