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    It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and frustrate the readers opportunities to follow it at every step.
    — Harry Mathews
    And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year, I went into the navy.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: year 
     
    After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there. I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through the summer term and a whole other year, so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: summer  year 
     
    It's true, I had an extremely delicious life, but that was my life at home, and perhaps because I was only a child, or for whatever reasons, I found the company of others, especially other boys, quite terrifying and upsetting.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: children  true  child  boys  company 
     
    You make something. You give up expressing and start inventing.
    — Harry Mathews
    Write about the things that attract you. Choose your subjects the way you used to choose your toys: out of desire.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: desires  write 
     
    I'd been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society, which was death on crutches.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: death  society 
     
    My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: thoughts  ideas 
     
    My dream, I remember, when I went to boarding school, was to have a study all my own, a little nook someplace where nobody could get at me - nobody, like the football coach.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: school  dreams  football 
     
    I graduated in 1952 and went to Europe, with Niki and our first child Laura, who was then a year old.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: children  child  year 
     
    I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard, in 1952.
    — Harry Mathews
    And I finished college because I thought how much it would upset my parents if I didnt.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: thoughts  college  parent 
     
    I think situations are more important than plot and character.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: character 
     
    I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: fantasy  language  dreams 
     
    I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better.
    — Harry Mathews
    Music had been my first love among the arts, and I was fascinated by it, as I still am.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: music 
     
    Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints -the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk -we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: language  rules  thinking 
     
    Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing.... It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely human gift.
    — Harry Mathews
    There are many things I've written that I didn't really understand until a long time later.
    — Harry Mathews
    tags: time 
     
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