Larry McMurtry: “Literary artists are, after all, professional liars”

From a 1974 Larry McMurtry review of the book “Kite-Flying and Other Irrational Acts: Conversations with Twelve Southern Writers”:

One must consider that literary artists are, after all, professional liars. Lies and inventions are the essence of their work, and for an interviewer or anyone to expect them to be able to turn the invention off and deal easily with sober truth is expecting them to be able to switch natures—an expectation which needs a high degree of naivete.

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