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" Books were a huge part of my childhood growing up. We would go on vacation, and my mom was always carting manuscripts around. "
" I'm a very slow reader. "
" I was a schoolteacher; I taught seventh and eighth grade, and I tried to write fiction on the side. "
" If someone told me I had to stop writing stories, that would be the end of me. "
" Early on, I tried fiction, but I wasn't very good at it. I wrote a very bad novel that is thankfully sitting in a drawer somewhere. "
" There are certain stories that remind you of the moral purpose that originally drew you to become a reporter. "
" We are a country of laws. When you take that away, the consequences are enormous. "
" I guess if I had to pick one interest that is unique, it would be giant squids - I'm disturbingly fascinated by them and even wrote a story about the hunt for them. "
" I grew up around writers, and there was always a romance to them. They were charming. They would tell their stories of what they were working on, over the table. "
" I look for stories everywhere. "
" I often say that the best way to find a story is a one-inch brief in a local newspaper. "
" One of the things I believe strongly in is developing institutions - legal, press, bureaucracies, academies - that are rooted in the pursuit of impartial truth. That aren't simply just bent to partisan ends or are corrupted for the powerful or for other ulterior motives. "
" I've always been a big believer that you can use the elements of storytelling to bring the reader along and to hopefully illuminate a lot of the important things. It's a challenge, but it's something I kind of believe in. "
" I don't want to just traffic in sensationalism or in mere blood. "
" I spend my life mostly disproving conspiracies. "
" I'm sure every author has their own process. "
" I never want to make people upset, but sometimes we may. When I interview people, I try to make it clear that our obligation is to what we uncover and to telling that story and to presenting it fairly and making sure everyone has a say. "
" You think of the rainforest as this incredibly abundant place of fauna and animals and flora. This great, rich wilderness. And yet it is such a biological battlefield in which everything is competing. "
" I was not very good at newspaper reporting. I'm just not quick enough, and I always tend to tell things as stories. "
" A lot of the stuff I tweet is out of childlike curiosity. "
" The Osage have this lovely phrase: 'Travelers in the Mist.' It was the term for part of an Osage clan that would take the lead whenever the tribe was venturing into unfamiliar realms. And, in a way, we are all travelers in the mist. The challenge is that, as writers, we sometimes want to ignore this murkiness, or we want to write around it. "
" Firemen have a culture of death. There are rituals, carefully constructed for the living, to process the dead. "
" If I can find the right idea, I can get out of the way and do a good story. "
" The only thing as murky as a conspiracy is what's happening in Hollywood. "
" A lot of the stories I write about have an element of mystery. They're crime stories or conspiracy stories or quests. They do have built into them revelations and twists. But the revelations, to me, come from seeing history as it's unfolding, or life as it's unfolding. "
" There's a tendency when we write history to do it with the power of hindsight and then assume almost god-like knowledge that nobody living through history has. "
" After a traumatic event, people tend to store a series of memories and arrange them into a meaningful narrative. They remember exactly where they were and to whom they were talking. "
" The way we live history is not the way historians tell history. Our lives are messy and chaotic and bewildering. "
" There was a part of me that always wanted to be an editor. "
" I am not, by nature, an explorer or an adventurer. "
" I don't camp; I don't hike. I hate bugs, and I'm phobic of snakes. "