Me and a book is a party. Me and a book and a cup of coffee is an orgy.
Writers - we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.
Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer's head is mobbed with characters, images and language, making the creative process something like eavesdropping at a party for which you've had the fun of drawing up the guest list. Loneliness usually doesn't set in until the work is finished, and all the partygoers and their imagined universe have disappeared.
I prefer dead writers because you don't run into them at parties.
Who’s to say what a ‘literary life’ is? As long as you are writing often, and writing well, you don’t need to be hanging-out in libraries all the time. Nightclubs are great literary research centers. So is Ibiza!