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" For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking. "
" When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery. "
" There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live. "
" I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. "
" I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation. "
" I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working on the script that this is only the beginning. What will happen when it moves into three dimensions? "
" In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic. "
" The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it? "
" I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts. "
" I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood. "
" Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail. "
" Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom. "
" There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down. "
" There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President. "
" True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to. "
" May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan. "
" It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain. "
" If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely. "
" In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act. "
" There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it. "
" The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. "
" I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs. "
" I saw a photograph of a wedding conducted by Reverend Moon of the Unification Church. I wanted to understand this event, and the only way to understand it was to write about it. "
" I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition of words-not just how they sound or what they mean, but even what they look like. "
" American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. "
" The future belongs to crowds. "
" One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language. "
" People will always make comparisons. "
" I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language. "
" America was and is the immigrant's dream. "
" Rushdie is a hostage. "