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" My night stand is more like a geological structure: a bunch of books piled on the floor with its own strata. "
" If someone told me I had to stop writing stories, that would be the end of me. "
" I'm not a post-modernist. Especially when I do crime stories. "
" Like many people, I kicked around, struggled to become a writer, finally got my first full-time job around 27, 28, at 'The Hill' newspaper. They hired me as a copy editor, which was kind of funny because I'm semi-blind because I have an eye disorder. "
" Honestly, I had no idea what to do on Twitter when I started. I didn't follow it enough. Slowly, though, I started to realize what I'm okay at. Like, I'm just not particularly witty. "
" We all mythologize to some degree ourselves and probably embellish. I think some of that is the desire to tell stories. "
" I'm sure every author has their own process. "
" I often feel that with a crime story, the moral standards have to be higher. You're deal with real victims and with real consequences. "
" Baseball, of course, has long been played under the burden of metaphor. More so than basketball or football, it is supposed to represent something larger than itself. "
" For a while, when I got out of college, I tried to write fiction. I'd grown up more around novelists, and my initial attraction was to write fiction. But I was much less suited for it. I always struggled to figure out what people were saying or doing in a particular moment. "
" The biggest difference with Twitter and writing long form is you're part of a virtual community where you know people, or think you know them, through their links. "
" There's a tendency when we write history to do it with the power of hindsight and then assume almost god-like knowledge that nobody living through history has. "
" You want the story to be about something, have some deeper meaning, but there is also an emotional, almost instinctual, element, which is, does this story seize some part of you and compel you to get to the bottom of it? "
" Journalists are often portrayed as cynical. I often think it's the opposite. "
" I wish a book could reach as many people as film, but we have to be realistic about it. "
" I think you get into trouble as an author and a journalist when, rather than owning the gaps, you try to elide them. "
" If I can find the right idea, I can get out of the way and do a good story. "
" There are some incredibly gifted writers in the world. You can count them on a hand. They're blessed, and they've worked at their craft, but there's very few. "
" It took me a long time to be able to write for the 'New Yorker,' and for me, that has been the best job. I live a very conventional life, but reporting for the magazine has allowed me to do things I would never otherwise do, such as investigating a criminal conspiracy in Guatemala or trekking through the Amazon looking for a lost city. "
" There are certain stories that remind you of the moral purpose that originally drew you to become a reporter. "
" I often say that the best way to find a story is a one-inch brief in a local newspaper. "
" The only thing as murky as a conspiracy is what's happening in Hollywood. "
" I grew up around writers, and there was always a romance to them. They were charming. They would tell their stories of what they were working on, over the table. "
" Each person, as they live through history, can't see it all. "
" I spend my life mostly disproving conspiracies. "
" Most of Gingrich's moderate positions are rooted in a realpolitik that transcends ideology. "
" Memory is a code to who we are, a collection of not just dates and facts but also of epic emotional struggles, epiphanies, transformations. "
" A lot of the stuff I tweet is out of childlike curiosity. "
" I love the magic of stories and the power of stories. "
" I really just choose stories that are compelling, have interesting trends and characters, and hopefully say something larger about society. "
" Books were a huge part of my childhood growing up. We would go on vacation, and my mom was always carting manuscripts around. "