On the Record: Apr. 27, 1981

Andy Warhol, pop artist, on his creative aspirations: "If I had my way, I'd paint Campbell soup cans every day. It's just so easy, and you don't have to think. It's just too hard to think."

Martin Cruz Smith, author, basking in the success of his new suspense novel, Gorky Park: "I'll tell you what success does for you. Before, I was treated as an idiot. Now I'm treated as an idiot savant."

Francine du Plessix Gray, novelist, on writer's block: "Being a Catholic, I think it's one of the seven deadly sins."

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