I love this story: Norman Mailer punches Gore Vidal for dissing his writing. Still on the floor, Vidal said, “Words fail Norman Mailer yet again.” (I know it's old news, tell New York Magazine.)
Who would argue with a man who came back with such a rejoinder without even getting up first?
"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield