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" My next book - each one while I'm working on it - dances in my mind and thrills me at every turn. If it didn't, why would I write it? "
" Books are something social - a writer speaking to a reader - so I think making the reading of a book the center of a social event, the meeting of a book club, is a brilliant idea. "
" If you write genre fiction, you follow the rules, and you have to follow them because readers expect that. "
" Words are much better at relating emotions and thoughts. "
" You can't quantify human pain the way you can measure out sugar. Death comes one individual at a time. "
" I'm looking at a dead event and trying to give it new life. In a sense, I'm a taxidermist. "
" I am not an autobiographical writer. "
" I like using animals because they help suspend my reader's disbelief. We have certain ideas about dentists. We don't have many ideas about rhinoceros dentists. "
" The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story. "
" It's true, too, that I'm tired of using books as political bullets and grenades. Books are too precious and wonderful to be used for long in such a fashion. "
" I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it. "
" I'm not a consumer. I hate buying clothes. I don't have a mobile. I just don't need things. I don't like things. "
" May books spread the world over! "
" A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe. "
" In all big cities the style of life is the same. Same endless array of restaurants; same big museums with the usual suspects; same anonymity, which can be thrilling when you're young but which I found got tiresome. "
" Fanatics do not have faith - they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling. "
" Every book I've written has been a different attempt to understand something, and the success or failure of the previous one is irrelevant. I write the book I want. "
" How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally - certainly with my secular background - the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence. "
" If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure. "
" If a film project were available and the timing was right, I might be interested. "
" Any writer will be happy and good only if they know what they're doing and why they're doing it. "
" I'm still learning my craft. "
" Cinema is visually powerful, it is a complete experience, reaches a different audience. It's something I really like. I like movies. "
" The language of prose is very different than the language of cinema, so the movie has to successfully translate what was in the book. "
" The idea of a flip book still really appeals to me. That idea of fiction and non-fiction. "
" Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction. "
" I write slowly. "
" Music moves me - duh - and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they work, emotions evoked by dint of carefully laid out thoughts, have a more lingering effect. "
" I love Canada. It's a wonderful political act of faith that exists atop a breathtakingly beautiful land. "
" A movie is so visually powerful, so overwhelming, that it tends to crowd out how you might have imagined things. "
" Most of us get our history through story. "