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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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Richard Russo on The Whore’s Child

author Richard Russo

“I think the Pulitzer often goes to writers who are writing about America in some larger way than in writing about particular Americans. And Empire Falls was some sort of snapshot of some part of America.”

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Mark Costello

Mark Costello

“Anything that stops and tries to make us feel human as opposed to making us feel like consumers or productive units, I think that’s important.”

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Arthur Phillips

Arthur Phillips

“Writing is a pleasure. Whatever the frustrations are, they are nothing compared to having to go to a real job. So, I can’t ever say writing is hard. I’d be ashamed of saying that.”

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Brad Watson

Brad Watson

“I knew how those people were flawed and yet very sweet and kind and generous at the same time. If I have a vision of humanity, it’s that. Rarely do you see what you perceive to be pure evil.”

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Brady Udall

Brady Udall

“I think that’s what a lot of people object to in writing programs—a lot of private school kids being shuffled into a graduate program who have never seen anything or done anything.”

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Stephen Carter

writer Stephen L Carter

“If you think of most commercial fiction today, writers very rarely specify the race of the characters unless they are not white. So the default value of characters in a novel is white.”

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James Gleick

James Gleick

“One of the things that I think about in this book is what happens to people’s behavior when they are anonymous online. My view is it gets bad, and deceit becomes the rule, and people get carried away with their ability to hide behind masks.”

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John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick

“I found that it was frustrating to me to find the good stories and also to get access to the good stories in journalism. Whereas in novels, of course, you create the good stories and you manage the plot and decide on the characters and have everything under your control.”

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David Shields

David Shields

“When forms die, they die for good reason. Because they are no longer articulating or conveying what it is like to be alive.”

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Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff

“But also I am not so interested in fame. Maybe it’s the times that I am living in. There is something about fame that seems to dull people down.”

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Samantha Power

Samantha Power

“You can’t have reliable partners in a war on terrorism if they are torturing and killing their own people.”

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Thomas McGuane

Thomas McGuane

“Writing a novel is like doing the Appalachian Trail by yourself. You’re out there, nobody to talk to, nobody knows what you are doing, and if you have this great burst and you want to run out of your office and tell about this great scene, nobody is remotely interested.”

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Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

“Ego drives a lot of writers, and it drives me. I can be pretty modest with you, but I have to admit when I am by myself I have goals and I want my stories to be read. And I think there is some art in them.”

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