A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator.

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Steinbeck, John. "John Steinbeck, The Art of Fiction No. 45." Interviewed by Nathaniel Benchley. The Paris Review, Fall 1969. Originally was published in "In Awe of Words." Exonian, 3 Mar. 1954.