Werner Wögerbauer met with Austrian author Thomas Bernhard back in 1986, for a candid discussion of his life, work, and other things besides (translated by Nicholas Grindell):
'You get older, things change. Which is why there's no need to worry about a change of theme, because that comes naturally, with the experiences you have. A stupid writer, a stupid painter is always looking for motifs, although all he actually needs is himself, to follow his own life. He always wants to remain the same, but never to write the same. And that's the key, if there's a key at all. But if you approach it like someone selling trousers, and as something to make a living off, then that's what you'll end up doing.'