Yes, there are parallels. The difference is that i just look at [my son] david and think that he's absolutely perfect, whereas you look at the finished book and you think, 'oh, damn it, i should have changed that.' you're never happy. Whereas with a baby, you're happy. If you've got a perfect baby, you're just grateful.
Years ago someone wrote [about me]: 'she characterizes molly weasley as a mother who is only at home looking after the children.' i was deeply offended, because i until a year before that had also been such a mother who was at home all the time taking care of her child [...] what has lesser status and is more difficult than raising a child? And what is more important?
Part of what makes a language 'alive' is its constant evolution. I would hate to think britain would ever emulate france, where they actually have a learned faculty whose job it is to attempt to prevent the incursion of foreign words into the language. I love editing harry with arthur levine, my american editor-the differences between 'british english' (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and 'american english' (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me.
I would be a liar if i said i don't care [about my appearance]; yes, i care. I found it very difficult, when i first became well known, to read criticism about how i look, how messy my hair was, and how generally unkempt i look. The nastiest thing ever written was written by a man, and i do remember that. I wasn't looking for it either, it was just simply in the newspaper i was reading.
The mass media causes sexual misdirection: it prompts us to need something deeper than what we want. This is why woody allen has made nebbish guys cool; he makes people assume there is something profound about having a relationship based on witty conversation and intellectual discourse. There isn't. It's just another gimmick, and it's no different than wanting to be with someone because they're thin or rich or the former lead singer of whiskeytown.