Do you write to figure out exactly how you feel about a subject?
No, I know how I feel. My feelings are the result of prejudices and convictions like everybody else's. But I am interested in the complexity, the vulnerability of an idea. It is not, This is what I believe, because that would not be a book, just a tract. A book is, This may be what I believe, but suppose I am wrong...what could it be? Or, I don't know what it is, but I am interested in finding out what it might mean to me, as well as to other people.
Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction No. 134, Interviewed by Elissa Schappell, with additional material from Claudia Brodsky Lacour in Women at Work: Interviews from the Paris Review