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All Quotes by author - Patrick deWitt
" After school, I got a job in a shop in Hollywood and shared an apartment with a friend. I promptly lost my job and got evicted from my apartment, and that happened several times. "
" After 'The Sisters Brothers,' I tried to write a contemporary story dealing with an investment adviser in New York City who moves to Paris. I did all this research, but after about a year and any number of pages written, I was bored stiff. "
" All of my close friends are emotional train wrecks. This is what makes our lives interesting - constantly doubting ourselves, worrying, wondering if we've made a mistake. Could we have done better? Are we good people? Are we bad people? "
" All the books I was reading as a teenager were about individuals having adventures. So I thought that was what writers were supposed to do: to go out on the road. "
" A lot of authors, judging by their list, will put anything out that they finish... That's the worst model I've heard of in my life. It's just idiotic. Why wouldn't you just wait for the good ones? "
" A lot of my favourite books - I should say, not much happens in the books! It's much more about the points of view of the author more than anything else. "
" As a reader I want to be present and entertained. I don't want to be taught lessons, and I don't want to be spoken down to. I want to be treated as a peer and to be made to feel welcome. "
" At the age of seventeen, I decided I would spend my life writing fiction. I didn't know what this entailed, exactly - a room, I supposed. A room and books and paper and solitude. "
" Bernie Madoff is probably more nuanced then I'm giving him credit for, but I just couldn't get under his skin. "
" By the time I left the bar, I was 30. I was a dishwasher. They call it a bar-back, but essentially, I washed dishes for a living. I had no high-school diploma, I had no agent, and my literary successes were non-existent... but it was the only thing I ever wanted to do, so I did feel trapped. "
" Certain writers look down their noses at plot, and I think I might have been one of them until I tried it. "
" Especially if you're endeavouring daily to write your own books, you read with a degree of - well, it's hard to forget you're a writer when you're reading. "
" Every industry has slack times, and everyone has bad days at work. "
" Humorous writing is often thought of as substandard in comparison to work with a more dramatic or tragic intent. I don't know what to say to this except that I disagree wholeheartedly. "
" I am a bit prudish, I think. It's hard for me to write about sex, and I don't really care to read about it, either. "
" I am a homebody, something that lends itself to my profession. "
" I am increasingly unimpressed by works of art that require a college degree to understand. I think that art should be for everyone. And people should be moved by it. "
" I carry a small spiral notebook with me at all times and have been doing this for many years. There's a shoe box in my closet filled with these notebooks, each riddled with notes and impressions, ideas, schemes, and soup recipes. "
" I come by writing dialogue fairly naturally, I've got a chatty family; I'm a bit of a voyeur, and if I'm ever in a public place, I automatically find myself listening. "
" I don't consider Los Angeles home anymore; ultimately, it was pretty negative, but I did spend my formative years in the Valley and all around L.A. proper. Through my teenage years and into my young adulthood, up until the age of 30, I spent a good amount of time there. "
" I don't know that happy people are interesting to write about - or to read about. "
" I don't know that I'd call myself an optimist. "
" I don't necessarily want to make people stomp and clap. I simply want to engage people. "
" I felt like love has been underrepresented - unironic love, just actually really falling in love. "
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" If I were to continue to work in an established mode, it stands to reason the work would be limited by this - that it would never surpass the prior work in quality. "
" If you're not riddled with doubt, you've probably done something wrong. "
" I had no plan to write a western novel, and when I realized it was happening, I was pretty surprised by it. But you have to go with what feels right. "
" I have a paranoia that 'Ablutions' is the best thing I'll ever do. "
" I haven't read a lot of Westerns. But I wrote a Western. The influences were all cinematic. "
" I haven't read hardly any Westerns, to tell you the truth. "
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