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" Most novelists write about twisted lives. "
" Well, I have never, ever Googled myself. "
" To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen. "
" The brutal truth is, we're scarcely 'educating' children at all. Even if you overlook the guilt, fear, bigotry, and dangerous anti-intellectual flapdoodle being funneled into young brains by schools on the religious right, what we're doing is training kids to be cogs in the wheels of commerce. "
" True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed. "
" Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars. "
" In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable. "
" To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being. "
To Be Or Not To Be
" If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. "
" Wit and playfulness represent a desperately serious transcendence of evil. Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival. "
" A writer needs a life of introspection. "
" I am cheerful. I don't know if I'm happy. There is a difference, you know. "
" Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. "
" I've decided to take advantage of outsourcing. My next novel will be written by a couple of guys in Bangalore, India. "
" The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is 'write what you know,' and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, 'You can write about anything you can imagine.' "
" To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought. "
" Transformation, liberation and celebration are the themes of all my novels. "
" One of my books is a hallucinogen, an aphrodisiac, a mood elevator, an intellectual garage door opener, and a metaphysical trash compactor. They'll do everything except rotate your tires. "
" People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up. "
" The ultimate end of any ideology is totalitarianism. "
" Our world isn't made of earth, air and water or even molecules and atoms; our world is made of language. "
" When I sit down to write, I just let the goose out of the bottle. "
" In Seattle, I soon found that my radical ideas and aesthetic explorations - ideas and explorations that in Richmond, Virginia, might have gotten me stoned to death with hush puppies - were not only accepted but occasionally applauded. "
" Usually, autobiography is such an indulgence of the ego. "
" I have never ever Googled myself; in fact I think the Christian right prohibits such things. "
" I went to a large consolidated school in Appalachia. And I wrote the story when I was in the second grade and I took it up to the third floor to the school newspaper office that was written and edited by juniors and seniors. "
" I have always been a romantic, one of those people who believes that a woman in pink circus tights contains all the secrets of the universe. "
" In fiction, when you paint yourself into a corner, you can write a pair of suction cups onto the bottoms of your shoes and walk up the wall and out the skylight and see the sun breaking through the clouds. In nonfiction, you don't have that luxury. "
" The sky was the color of Edgar Allan Poe's pajamas. "
" We use so much bad language that it forms a barrier between ourselves and the truth. "
" The gods have chosen to entertain me with chronic eyestrain headaches. Very poisonous episodes. So I don't do a lot of reading anymore except on tape. "