Reader: "Why would you write about such terrible things?"
MS: "Because they exist. Because the potential for them resides within all of us. Because refusing to look at them does not make them go away. Because periodically we must recognize all these hard truths.'
"I'm only riding the beast [the horse, his muse]. And so far as I can tell, he doesn't take requests."Michael Swanwick on literary eating habits (other authors available on Lawrence Schoen's site
I recently posted a quote of Ray Bradbury on his SF reading habits. Here's Michael Swanwick on James Branch Cabell and his own reading habits--how they change.