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" A big reason why I started writing is I felt that fiction had stopped evolving. All other entertainments were getting better, constantly, as technology allowed. Movies. Video games. Music. "
" My books are all fantastically sentimental. "
" We're so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly humane behavior. "
" Writing gave me the world. "
" Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil, they were bullies, and they didn't know anything. "
" No matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close. "
" If I can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible. "
" I think my heart always goes out to men at the peak of their celebrity who checked out. There's such an odd, horrible trend in my lifetime for it - Kurt Cobain, David Foster Wallace, Alexander McQueen, Heath Ledger. "
" People would ask me to autograph their bodies and then the next time I'd see them on tour they'd have my autograph tattooed. I decided I wouldn't write on people anymore, but I'd give them arms and legs and if they wanted those autographed I'd do that. "
" Writing in public gives you that access to a junkyard of details all around you. "
" Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet. "
" The act of writing is a way of tricking yourself into revealing something that you would never consciously put into the world. Sometimes I'm shocked by the deeply personal things I've put into books without realizing it. "
" Reality means you live until you die. The real truth is nobody wants reality. "
" Every decade, we get a stunning collection of dynamic, heartbreaking short stories. In the past, those collections came from Barry Hannah, Mark Richard, and Thom Jones. "
In The Past
" You are not a beautiful, unique snowflake... This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. "
" If there had been zombies on the iceberg when the Titanic hit it, that would have made a much better movie. "
" Movie brawls tend to be bloodless and quick. "
" Of the big horror movies of the '70s, you have 'The Omen,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'The Stepford Wives,' 'Burnt Offerings' - these are all romantic fatalist movies where there's a sort of glimmer of hope... but darkness wins. "
" Personal identity seems like it's just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' to Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby.' It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you're given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it? "
" As a lower-class kid, I was raised to think success would be owning stuff. Having that great job, too. Now I find my parents' dream was wrong. You never really own anything. And you're never really finished as a person. "
" Sometimes you do something, and you get screwed. Sometimes it's the things you don't do, and you get screwed. "
" When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer in my apartment. I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place. "
" My first four books, from 'Fight Club' to 'Choke,' dealt with personal identity issues. The crises the narrators found themselves in were generated by themselves. "
" When I first used to tour, guys would come up and say, 'Where's the fight club in my area?' and I would say, 'There isn't one.' And they'd say, 'No, no, you can tell me, you can tell me.' "
" The best thing about getting a flu shot is that you never again need to wash your hands. That's how I see it. "
" A film has to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience. "
" I will never write a sequel to anything that I will ever write. "
" I come from generations of farmers. "
" The folks who read my books are so passionate about each one of them that the people making my movies are more afraid of my readership than they are of me. "
" I am the cause of all my upsets. I am my worst enemy. "
" David Fincher is a genius. "