The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's
life and discover one's usefulness. For me, it's the most intimate
form of communicating about love and memory and nostalgia. As
close as I am to my son, there are still things I can't say to him
that I can say in fiction. I feel on this particular afternoon or in
this particular light that to write is a sort of giftedness.
(Quoted in Michiko Kakutani's "The Poet at the Piano: Portraits of Writers,
Filmmakers, Playwrights, and Other Artists at Work.")