Grace Paley: “If you want to write, keep a low overhead.”

INTERVIEWER
Did you always want to be a writer?

PALEY
I always wanted to write. Two different things. I never thought I was going to be a writer, but I was never interested in anything else. I failed at whatever else I undertook—even as an office worker, I was not outstanding.

From The Paris Review

(Writer’s Almanac features Paley’s poem “Certain Days.”)

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