"I always had a crazy ambition to be a backfield star - I'll never know why," he confessed. "To break out in the open with one of those dazzling exhibitions like Red Grange or Chris Cagle."
"I think you're the second author I know who wanted to be a football player. And two others who are frustrated pitchers and would-be Jimmy McLarnin. In Europe the authors would like to have been composers or painters or mathematicians."
"We're a more muscular race. And I suppose since writers are fairly sensitive registers of national consciousness, they naturally reflect the hero-worship of their times. After all who else had any grandeur in American life except a Ruth, a Dempsey or a Bobby Jones?"
"You go home and start your novel and leave the touchdowns to Orv Molher," she said.