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" My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures. "
" My father was sleepless most of his life. So by the age of five, I was awake with him all night long, watching bad television or we'd lie in the same bed, and I'd read my comic books while he read his latest spy or mystery novel. "
" My wife was the first romantic partner who understood both American and native parts of me - not so much the positive stuff, but the damage. "
" The people who loved me when I was seven years old love my books, and the people who didn't like me when I was seven years old don't like my books. "
" I thought I'd been condescended to as an Indian - that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing young adult literature. "
" The dream he needed most was the dream that frightened him more. "
" In a real-world way, my gifts are very limited in terms of what I can do. "
" All art is exploitation. "
" Well, I think the worst part about tribalism is its tendency to fundamentalize, and if I can fight fundamentalism in any of its forms I'm happy. "
" But the real interesting stuff is in the cellar and the attic. "
" I don't think there's a whole lot of class literature at all. I think most of that has become racially based, and people don't think of it as being class literature. "
" I don't know what any individual should do about crossing her own borders. I only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders. "
" I think that white women are more apt to read laterally. So I think there's some strong identification for women, and their political and social positions, and minorities. I think that the political power of, let's say, the average Indian man and a white woman are pretty equal. "
" The form I most enjoy writing is the sonnet or sonnet-like forms, where you have a - you know, three stanzas or two stanzas that lead into a concluding couplet. "
" When you read a piece of writing that you admire, send a note of thanks to the author. "
" You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don't realize it. "
" Sixty percent of all Indians live in urban areas, but nobody's writing about them. They're really an underrepresented population, and the ironic thing is very, very few of those we call Native American writers actually grew up on reservations, and yet most of their work is about reservations. "
" I think a lot of Indians want Indian artists to be cultural cheerleaders rather than cultural investigators. "
" Writing is a lonely business. "
" I grew up in a storytelling culture, a tribal culture, but also in an American storytelling culture. "
" I felt so conflicted about having fled the rez as a kid that I created a whole literary career that left me there. "
" White Americans have a short memory. "
" What inspires a poem for me is usually a moment. "
" Spiritual matters should be private. "
" Nostalgia is always doomed and dooming. "
" I look more Indian when I'm serious. "
" My name is Sherman J. Alexie Jr., and I am an insomniac. "
" I had the feeling I was going to be successful, and I didn't want to be another disappointing Indian. "
" When you construct a mix tape, the first song you come out with has to be a barnburner. "
" You'd never know it from reading the rest of the Native writers, but Indians actually grew up with American pop culture. "
" My father is an amazing man. "