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" It's good not only to realize that you can't please all of the people all of the time, but that you don't want to. There's a certain type of reader that you don't ever want to write for. "
" Narrative becomes the way you make sense of chaos. That's how you focus the world. It's the only reason you should ever try this writing job. "
" I was blessed to grow up in really interesting times and to go back to a home where I was very safe. "
" The world does not have tidy endings. The world does not have neat connections. It is not filled with epiphanies that work perfectly at the moment that you need them. "
" Don't get me wrong, I love literary fiction. It's faux literary fiction I can't stand. "
" I believe so deeply in the primacy of language, in lifting your prose to the highest level you're capable of and making your words symphonic. "
" The best thing that can happen to people entering creative professions is the dwindling of all other possibilities. "
" Catch me on a good day, I think half of my books aren't too bad. Catch me on a bad day, I think I've never written a good line. "
" I have a lot of rage about things that didn't happen to me, tied up with watching an immigrant, working-class father struggle to make his way through the world - and seeing how society was modeled to keep him in his place. "
" I was not going to use writing for advertising or journalism. I would tend bar, load trucks, chauffeur - do whatever it took. But from the moment I took my first writing workshop, I was a writer. "
" I sort of play golf because a lot of my friends are into it, but I'm awful - my handicap is about six or seven thousand. "
" I won the parental lottery. Most of the kids I grew up with either came from really fractured homes, or really violent ones. I went home to a very traditional, good Irish Catholic family. "
" I love to write, so it rarely seems like work - even when it gets arduous. "