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" My stories always have these twisted happy endings, and the boy always gets the girl. "
" Being lonely is not a bad thing for a writer. "
" I really love idiot, enlightened characters - these characters who fail to engage with the drama of their immediate circumstances; they fail to be reactive and enrolled by drama as it happens around them. "
" Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels? "
" If anything I try to write something that would be more difficult to film. I tend to see film as competition and would like instead to do what books do best. "
" I like to get people moving and jumping. I think it's good to add more emotion and chaos. "
" At the age of 31, I realized, 'Oh my God, I may die like everyone else.' "
" I'm always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity. "
" The best fights don't occur between strangers. They occur between friends who trust each other. "
" I dread the promotion part of my job. It's agony, especially compared to the private, at-home joy of writing. But being a grown-up means doing every part of the larger task. "
" No matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close. "
" It seems that so much writing is being done in the nineteenth-century model, where every connection has to be thoroughly explained. "
" When I visit my brother in South Africa, I order things I've only seen in zoos. Little deers and kudu, all the mammals you would never think of eating. "
" Men want to make the best use of time and want to see how something can inform them and give them a stronger sense of power. "
" There's a moment in every book when the book turns and it surprises me. "
" I don't care what they do with my book so long as the flippin check clears. "
" As we grow older I always think, why didn't I do more when I was young, why didn't I risk more? "
" A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. "
" Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it. "
" My characters tend to be more dynamic because they're reaching that point in their lives where their old way of being is breaking down. They're conflicted by the idea that they don't know what's next. You could call it Kierkegaard's leap of faith, when you get tired of sort of reinventing yourself on a very superficial level. "
" Jack Palance was my distant uncle - that's the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous 'heavy' in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars. "
" Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. "
" People would ask me to autograph their bodies and then the next time I'd see them on tour they'd have my autograph tattooed. I decided I wouldn't write on people anymore, but I'd give them arms and legs and if they wanted those autographed I'd do that. "
" Movie brawls tend to be bloodless and quick. "
" I think a lot of people saw 'Fight Club' and thought, 'Right, here's our next Che Guevara, here's our next Fidel Castro, here's someone who's going to wave the flag.' And I was like, 'No, it's just a book. And if I beat that drum, if I play that song one more time, I won't have a career.' "
" I just don't want to die without a few scars. "
" What we don't understand we can make mean anything. "
" It's funny how you never think about the women you've had. It's always the ones who get away that you can't forget. "
" I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about. "
" The most boring scenes are the scenes where a character is alone. "
" The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. "