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“I’m a writer. My thoughts are formed by writing. When I want to think with any seriousness about a topic, I write about it. Writing slows the thought processes down to where one can follow them—and elaborate on them—more efficiently. Writing is how I do my thinking.” — Samuel R. Delany (from interview by K. Leslie Steiner in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Fall 1996, Vol. 16.3; emphasis in original)

Published inLit & CritSamuel R. Delany


  1. Exactly. Nothing makes a thought so clear as having to find the words to express it.

    • I am these days often of slow and halting speech, having become so accustomed to expressing myself in writing.

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