Rushdie, a close friend, said Auster brought a European sensibility to American subject-matter. Calle intrigued Auster, and asked him to invent a character which she would attempt to resemble (he had previously, without knowing her, based a fictional artist character on her). Carey got to know him when he moved to New York. Auster made two films with Wang, but didn’t like the direction one of them took, and the friendship suffered. As a young writer, he interviewed Jabès, but admiring him greatly, was comprehensively awestruck.