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All Quotes by author - Claire Messud
" An abiding preoccupation for me is how much of our lives are invisible and unknown by other people, like the Chekhov story 'The Lady With the Little Dog.' "
" A painting lets us know how somebody literally saw things. A piece of music is another language that transmits a whole wealth of emotion and wordless experience. But writing is special in the way at allows us to temporarily enter another person's world, to step outside the boundaries of our own time and space. "
" As a kid, I used to tell all these stories. I remember meeting a childhood friend, and we were talking. We remembered that I had made up this story about going to Mars. And she looked at me and said, 'I didn't sleep for a week after that!' "
" As any of us approaches middle age, we inevitably come up against our limitations: the realization that certain dearly-held fantasies may not be realized; that circumstances have thwarted us; that even with intention and will we may not be able to set our ship back on the course we'd planned. "
" As a reader, I have always enjoyed 'ranty' books, but they are all written by men. "
" As a reader since very early, I have found myself drawn to rants. "
" At the end of the day, what would be a Canadian sensibility? Is it Michael Ondaatje? Alice Munro? Is Margaret Atwood more Canadian than Neil Bissoondath? "
" At university, my generation were ready to fight, but we didn't really have anything to fight for. "
" Awards bolster your confidence in wonderful ways. But they aren't the world. "
" Because we moved so much, I was always having to adapt and work out the lay of the land. So I felt envious of those who did not have to try. "
" Carmiel Banasky, a writer like no other, is a talent to watch. "
" Don't go around asking the question, 'Is this character likeable?' and expect that to be compatible with serious literary endeavours. That's not what it's about. "
" Especially since having children, a lot of the time if you ask me, 'Have you read that book?' the answer would be 'not personally.' "
" Everybody's always living in fiction just as much as children, but the way our stories are faked is curtailed by all sorts of narratives we take into our own lives about what are the true narratives and what's not. "
" For many of us, we set out thinking there will be time in the future, and then suddenly we find ourselves at a moment when we have to acknowledge that the future isn't infinite. "
" For me, it was a formative experience reading Eliot when I was younger. 'The Waste Land,' in particular. "
" For me, the ages between 9 and 12 were great because it was before you wore any masks, and you had some autonomy in the world. You had some freedom, and you felt you had unlimited ambition. It's when you thought, 'I'm going to write plays. I'm going to be president. I'm going to do this; I'm going to do that.' And then it all falls apart. "
" For me, the watershed was Hurricane Katrina. If that didn't get people out on the streets, then what will? "
" For those of us whose thoughts digress; for whom unexpected juxtapositions are exhilarating rather than tiresome; who aim, if always inadequately, to convey life's experience in some semblance of its complexity - for such writers, the semi-colon is invaluable. "
" Girls, in particular, use storytelling to establish hierarchies, a pecking order. There is a sort of jockeying of who is in charge of shared history. "
" Henry James and Edith Wharton are huge for me because they gave me a way to understand America while still respecting the European backgrounds of my relatives. "
" I actually did work and produced two short dissertations, one on Faulkner and one on the film criticism of the stream-of-consciousness novelist Dorothy Richardson. "
" I always feel as though I'm not quite Canadian enough for everybody. "
" I always say to my students, 'If you can do anything other than writing and be happy, then you should.' "
" I believe that, in an ideal world, writers would feel free to write what matters to them without having to consider success, failure, the market, etc. "
" I digress a lot - it's how I experience the world. I would like to write in a way that will convey that to the reader, but also I need clarity. "
" I don't trust people who are likable. "
" I'd wish for my work to be remembered rather than myself. "
" I feel as though there are things that I'm trying to do - you know, capturing truthfully some aspect of human experience - and I'm trying really hard not to be fake. And in writing, as in life, it's harder than you think. "
" I feel as though there's a lot invested in my background in being an outsider. "
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