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God knows, it had never been my ambition to be a gossip columnist. I mean, I was never particularly intrigued by show business celebrities. ... I really want most of them to leave me alone, so I can go talk to writers, which is what I really enjoy. Writers are madmen -- they're all secretly in the closet, jerking off their egos -- but there's something rewarding and vulnerable about them. [...
On her Manhattan office desk she keeps a Maltese Falcon statuette, a gift she received from longtime friend and University of Texas classmate, writer-director Robert Benton
. Smith has worked from her East 38th Street office since 1976.