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" People who are powerless make an open theater of violence. "
" I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore. "
" People will always make comparisons. "
" I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation. "
" It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. "
" Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom. "
" I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts. "
" When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery. "
" There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it. "
" There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down. "
" I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood. "
" I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else. "
" I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence. "
" American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. "
" There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President. "
" Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there. "
" The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. "
" A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain. "
" The language of my books has shaped me as a man. "
" Hardship makes the world obscure. "
" Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work. "
" People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power. "
" One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language. "
" I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition of words-not just how they sound or what they mean, but even what they look like. "
" If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely. "
" It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain. "
" I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. "
" In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act. "
" The future belongs to crowds. "
" Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies. "
" I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs. "