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" I've always wondered: is there really any access to the White House? "
" Most of my books have something to do with L.A. "
" The Free Body Culture gave me a gift I might never have received had I refused to play along. It left me with an acute sense of the absurd - one I still cherish - to be there among my fellow apes, awkward and less than half-willing, aiming and missing, leaping, landing and wincing. "
" I have a king bed, one of those memory-foam mattresses that doesn't jiggle as you get in or out. Even if you cleaved it down the middle with a pickax, the thing wouldn't tremble. It's practically earthquake-proof. "
" Wyoming, home to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, is also the country's largest coal producer and one of its largest gas drillers. Two-thirds of the state's gas-drilling rigs are on public lands in the increasingly industrialized Greater Green River Basin. "
" The summer after I got divorced, my children asked to sleep in my bed again. It would be the first time we'd shared a bed since they were infants. "
" I used to try to write around the edges, but now I try to walk a more direct line. "
" I'm not calculating enough in the way I approach writing. "
" I wanted to go into the tropics and save animals - and write, of course. "
" I never seem to leave L.A., though I left L.A. "
" As soon as a regular guy like Bill Clinton becomes the president, he wears a mantle of greatness. He's the president. "
" No one bought my screenplays. "
" For almost two centuries, American gray wolves, vilified in fact as well as fiction, were the victims of vicious government extermination programs. By the time the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, only a few hundred of these once-great predators were left in the lower 48 states. "
" The comic novels I did when I was in my 20s had a harder edge - less sympathy for people. Or a sympathy that was harder to detect: Characters' foibles and obsessive bents were unrelenting, like caricatures. "
" What makes 'The Lorax' such a powerful fable is partly its shamelessness. It pulls no punches; it wears its teacher heart on its sleeve. "
" Trophy hunters are not Everyman. These world-traveling endangered-species shooters are a far cry from the hunters who spend weekends in the American outback near their suburban or rural homes. "
" After numerous generations of people dedicated to killing wolves on the North American continent, one generation devoted itself to letting wolves live. "
" In Nagasaki, American planes did drop warning leaflets - but not till Aug. 10, a day after the city was bombed. "
" L.A., for me, is a perfect microcosm of America - because it's so profligate, and so glamorous, and so anti-intellectual, finally. "
" You're lucky if people like your book, and the more people that like it, the luckier I feel. "
" If you're doing creative work, that work should never feel trivial - even if what you're doing is for hire or lightly intended. Even the mundane doesn't have to be trivial. "
" It's a friendly act to write a lighthearted book. "
" I came to understand that a German nudist, in 1984, loved little more than to work on his or her tan. "
" Oil drilling and coal mining are killing endangered wildlife, polluting rivers, creating smog over wilderness areas and blocking wildlife corridors in America's most treasured landscapes. "
" Without even knowing why, we believe that to learn how to be human - which we have many years to do, for human beings have longer childhoods than any other species, a feature that to biologists and philosophers alike is one of our race's distinguishing characteristics - children must be surrounded by animal imagery. "
" I love irony. "
" One man's holy is another woman's sublime. "
" About half of all potential future global warming emissions from United States fossil fuels lie in oil, gas and coal buried beneath our public lands, controlled by the federal government and owned by the American people - and not yet leased to private industry for fuel extraction. "
" At writing workshops, they taught us to show, not tell - well, showing takes time. "
" Children depend mightily on animals for comfort, inspiration, imagination, and art. And parents have long recognized this. "
" Historically, grizzlies ranged from Alaska to Mexico, with at least 50,000 bears living in the western half of the contiguous United States. With European colonization, the bears were shot, poisoned, and trapped to the brink of extinction. "