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" A book's flaws make it less predictable. "
" We don't have a unitary society anymore, you know; it's very fragmented. I look up and down my block in Silverlake and there is a different universe in every house. "
" My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers. "
" When you're a little kid, you are small, your life is small - and you're terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dogsledder. "
" Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human. "
" My mother never met a gadget she didn't like. There were tube pans for baking the angel food cakes my father could have after his first heart attack, and Bundt pans and loaf pans and baking pans and grilling pans. "
" My perfect day would be to go on a picnic up Mt. Wilson with Christopher Isherwood, Greta Garbo, Aldous Huxley, and Bertrand Russell. "
" I'm particularly fond of the Mulholland Fountain, at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard, when it turns colors at night. "
" As a person with terrible handwriting, I love the computer. I've waited all my life for the computer. "
" To make films, you have to have boundless energy; you have to work and play with others really, really well, and I'm really a more contemplative kind of person. I like to sit at home and think, a lot. "
" As an artist, you can never get what you want. What you do never approaches what you want it to be. "
" I kept sending out stories and getting rejected. "
" Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape. "
" As an undergraduate, I had not studied literature - I was a history major. "
" The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story. "
" It's your flaws, not your strengths, that go down in the depths of your books. You're exposed, like dreaming you're naked in a public building. "
" I tried writing fiction as a little kid, but had a teacher humiliate me, so didn't write again until I was a senior in college. "
" A cliche is like a coin that has been handled too much. Once language has been overly handled, it no longer leaves a clear imprint. "
" I think that Oprah's on a mission to improve the lives of the average American in various ways. And one of them is to bring literature to people who would normally not be quite as demanding in their reading tastes, to show them writing that can be more than just entertainment. "
" I use my fiction to explore my own unconscious issues. I usually don't even know what's going on with me until I'm writing. That doesn't mean my books are autobiographical. "
" My house is modern, but I like my writing room to be old fashioned. I write on a little wooden secretary desk. "
" Many women get involved with a man that you pretty much know isn't suitable and you're kind of breaking your rules, but he's attractive in some unknown way. And then he doesn't even realize what a sacrifice you're making by being with him and he dumps you! "
" I've been depressed many times in my life. But under it all I'm an optimist. "
" Your protagonist is your reader's portal into the story. The more observant he or she can be, the more vivid will be the world you're creating. They don't have to be super-educated, they just have to be mentally active. Keep them looking, thinking, wondering, remembering. "