Well marriage doesn’t function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate but it’s in our heads and it determines a lot of our actions. Like right now if you think about gay marriage – and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York – it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people.
If you talk to geneticists they are constantly finding that your genes are being switched on and off because of the environment. Genes alone do not determine an exact path in your life.
The daily act of writing remains as demanding and maddening as it was before and the pleasure you get from writing – rare but profound – remains at the true heart of the enterprise. On their best days writers all over the world are winning Pulitzers all alone in their studios with no one watching.