"David Leavitt" is an American writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

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It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel.

I think it's very funny that someone would exaggerate to make himself look worse.

For one reason or another, this program has never had a national publication.

In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can.

We're an additional $50,000 over budget even before we start.

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer.

[She was] a copy editor, possessed of the rare capacity to sit all day in a small cubicle, like a monk in a cell, and read with an almost penitential rigor.