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" But when I was doing the KKK I had constant nightmares of being exposed as a Jew and lynched by the Klan. "
" The phrase 'misuse of privilege' is becoming a free pass to tear apart pretty much anybody we choose to. It's becoming a devalued term, and it's making us lose our capacity for empathy and for distinguishing between serious and unserious transgressions. "
" I'm much more interested in looking at our own failings than going to some faraway place and looking at their failings, thus making us feel good about ourselves. "
" You can say anything to David Icke and he will accept it and put it into his ideology. "
" When I was 20, I wrote a film on spec and sent it to the BBC. They wrote back, 'Usually, when we reject submissions, we like to offer some encouragement, but in your case, we don't see any point in you continuing.' I took it as encouragement anyway, thinking that only people who write terrible things are capable of writing great things. "
" The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people. "
" Everyone's constantly scrambling around trying to justify their own cruel behavior, trying to come up with psychological tricks to make themselves not feel bad. "
" Nothing uniquely bad has happened to me in my personal life, but all the regular little bad things have accumulated to make me a neurotic person. And these adventures are my way of trying to make sense of that. "
" In the midst of a burning-hot shaming, calling for patience and context and understanding and empathy can really land you in trouble. "
" But on the extremist side I didn't get any rejections at all. Everyone agreed to talk to me. "
" Misuse of privilege is seen as the worst sin. "
" There was a kind of infiniteness to fiction that I found sort of... disconcerting. I remember having these really panicky thoughts, like, 'I can make this person say anything. I could make him do anything! I could put a jetpack onto his back and shoot him into space!' I don't like this feeling of having no rules. "
" When we watch courtroom dramas, we tend to identify with the kindhearted defense attorney, but give us the power, and we become like hanging judges. "
" I'm not what you'd call a fearless type of person. "
" I just don't think I'm very good at fiction. "
" Success is always less funny than failure. "
" Film is like a casserole. Everybody is thrown into a pot, and we're all in it together. "
" Yeah, but in the end his followers take what they want from his philosophy. Maybe it doesn't matter what's going on in David Icke's mind. It's how other people take him. "
" Maybe there's two types of people in the world: those people who favor humans over ideology, and those people who favor ideology over humans. "
" I wasn't in any way a kind of soothsayer or not surprised when Sept. 11 happened. I was absolutely shocked. "
" I felt very strongly about the Ashley Madison thing. Of the 39 million people who signed up for Ashley Madison, only a tiny percentage of them actually had an affair. And I'd go a step further and say even if they did, it's none of our business, frankly. "
" If I interview somebody for an hour, I'm looking for four amazing minutes. "
" Shaming is powerful and useful. I'm living in New York, and my instinct is that, after the Black Lives Matter protests, which were organized on social media, the chance of there being another Eric Garner, choked to death in New York by an NYPD officer, has diminished. "
" Well, I had nightmares when I was doing the Klan story all the time. I had a recurring nightmare of basically being exposed as a Jew inside the Klan compound. "
" Trying to solve the mystery is what I enjoy most about writing. "
" I did feel like they were telling me that something like that was going to happen. Not specifically - not that planes were going to be flown into the World Trade Center or anything like that - but in the general sense. "
" My paranoia never ends, but I haven't been paranoid about being spied on my shadowy forces for some time now. "
" Obviously, I like to write stories that are page-turners. But I always try my very, very hardest to be as factually true as possible. "
" I think if somebody is so set in their ways about what they feel about something - and you get this a lot in academia, of course, and also different sorts of journalism too - you're going to sweep under the carpet the facts that don't suit your thesis. And I think that happens quite a lot in the courtroom, for instance. "
" I consider myself a social justice person. "
" What I think was a really lucky coincidence was that a lot of the themes of 'Okja' are things I write about a lot: cognitive dissonance and corporate greed and also the internal politics of fringe groups. "