"The place where I began to write 'The Pigman.' A castle on Grymes Hill, Staten Island. I had put an ad in the paper saying, 'Respectable teacher will mind your home while you're away.' I got a response from a real estate concern that wanted me to live in a fifty room castle, now an ex-convent with no furniture -- except for a bed I had to sleep in that they told me nine nuns had died in. Not all at the same time."

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