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Amy Bloom on Normal

Amy Bloom

“I tried to write it as I saw it and as I experienced it. The truth is I’d rather not be present in the writing. If I could have figured out a way to write this book so that I wasn’t present, that would have been my preference.”

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Tim O’Brien

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“The things I care about have to do with people making choices and decisions in the context of what’s right and wrong in the world, the political environment around the characters.”

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Richard Conniff

Richard Conniff

“I like to think of this book as Life Styles of the Rich and Famous meets Chimpanzee Politics.”

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Mark Winegardner

Mark Winegardner

“Serious readers—people who are really, really passionate about American fiction or fiction period—are disproportionately story readers. The people who are there for you for your story collections are your real readers.”

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Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky

“I’ve always struggled with this idea of normalcy, of what is normal. Because I have never felt normal as a human being. So I tend to glamorize people who are more simplistic because I think their encounters in the world might be easier.”

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Daniel Mason

author Daniel Mason

“It’s a nice idea that there are doctors and lawyers and investment bankers all walking around remembering The Odyssey. “

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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison

“It is in some ways almost a vow of poverty to write literary novels that ignore the marketplace element. I find that to be tragic.”

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Sarah Vowell on The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Sarah Vowell

“I’m a very unprofessional person. All I care about is working with people I like and respect.”

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Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane

“Truffaut, Renoir and Godard looked at America, loved the films there and ploughed that love and that knowledge back into French films. No one did that in England.”

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Gabe Hudson

Gabe Hudson

“I don’t think it’s as easy to pigeonhole me as it might be for somebody else who just has an MFA and it looks like they were groomed to be a professional writer.”

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Nick Tosches

Nick Tosches

“I think we are really entering or have entered a post-literate age. Like ancient Egypt, where only the high priests still know how to read.”

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Darin Strauss

Darin Strauss

“The difference between a con man and a writer is that a writer thinks up these elaborate stories and puts them on the page but a con man has the guts to see if they really work.”

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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

“My books superficially are okay and any problems that exist are so large that most editors don’t either have the time or language or critical intelligence to tell me what they are.”

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Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

“The great joy of acting is the collaboration. I get so much of that, I feel really drawn to the isolation and solitude of writing. It’s a real joy for me.”

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Ann Packer

author Ann Packer

“My take is more that everybody has very interesting experiences just from being human and having survived childhood. There is a story in every apparently mundane life.”

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