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Barbara Haber

Barbara Haber

“Like any literacy, food literacy is important. We need to teach people better eating habits.”

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Elizabeth Inness-Brown

Elizabeth Inness-Brown

“I think maybe the thing that enabled me to write a novel in the end was the computer.”

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John Dufresne

John Dufresne

“In America there is a great tradition of Southern literature. It was the literature I loved when I was growing up. It’s not why I moved to the South, but it’s why I felt at home there, in a way.”

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Christopher Rice

Christopher Rice

“I believe that my material, the material I like to write, would be laughed out of your average writing program. That I would be encouraged or pushed to write something I didn’t want to and follow rules that I have made very clear that I will not follow.”

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Alex Beam

Alex Beam

“I asked myself the question, ‘What are my intentions?’ I realized my intentions were perfection. I wanted to write a perfect 750-word column. I’m judging what I produced against the ideal possibility of what would have been perfect.”

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Virginia Hamilton Adair

“Anybody that could write a serious poem on the three blind mice … I just love it.”

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Richard Ford

Richard Ford

“I didn’t want to write a half-assed book. I wanted to write a book that was in your face about what this book wanted to be in your face about and live with the consequences myself.”

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Christopher Hitchens on Letters to a Young Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens

“I personally believe that there is a clash of civilizations. I don’t see why people are so reluctant to adopt this view. I think it’s because they wish there were not… since there is one, let it be well-conducted on our side.”

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Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett

“I know really good writers who live in New York City and work, but I can’t. If I stayed there for five or six years, would I find a way to carve out a ritual solitude? Probably, yes. I am a writer; I’d find a way to do it.”

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Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans

“This whole issue of Latino, Hispanic or the sub-categories, Cuban-American or Mexican-American announces or establishes that we are so involved in shaping an identity. Using language as a category is a way to say who we are in front of a mirror. But in the end, words are perishable.”

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Gretel Ehrlich

Gretel Ehrlich

“In a place where life and death is just right there every day, people can be more tolerant of each other.”

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Hazel Rowley

Hazel Rowley

“I think this approach I have to biography, to let the reader see for him or herself what to make of this man, means that I have tended to write rather long books which tell the story in the most immediate way and let the reader think about it. Maybe I could shorten it if I used analysis.”

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Interview: Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer

“the ability to publish on the internet is exactly the same as having a printing press in your garage…true freedom of the press can be maintained so long as the integrity of the internet remains”

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Ruben Martinez

Ruben Martinez

“Latinos are marginal, politically, intellectually. Jennifer Lopez might be at the absolute center of the mainstream of pop culture in commercial terms. But in terms of political discourse or economic strength for that matter, Latinos are clearly on the margins.”

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Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd

“I live with a real writer. A real writer is someone for whom it is much, much more natural and doesn’t have to work at it nearly as much. And certainly someone who is much better read than I am.”

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