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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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Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus

“People who make up their own system seem to me the ones that are most admirable. I really want to believe whatever mythology I put together for myself aesthetically, ethically and personally will see me through to my death. If it can’t do that, then I’ve been barking up the wrong tree all along.”

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Paul Lussier

Paul Lussier

“The idea is that you love the character that you are following and that you have affection for that character and that you trust the narrator.”

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Arthur Bradford

Arthur Bradford

“To me the plot is really, really important. I don’t accept the premise that if it’s written in a really great way, then anything is interesting.”

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Tony Earley

Tony Earley

“You really can’t throw a rock in North Carolina without hitting a good writer.”

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Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen

“If I’m really low, if I’m not doing well in my own life, maybe I want to sit down and go somewhere else. Maybe I want to write about a ridiculous family reunion in Nebraska, to not be in whatever my present emotion is.”

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W.D. Wetherell

W.D. Wetherell

“If you stopped to think about the ironies, you wouldn’t get very far in any kind of media business in this day and age.”

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Ethan Canin

Ethan Canin

“You have to be pretty honest to be a fiction writer. You have to be smart enough to see the world for yourself and honest. The whole book-publicity thing is not really honest, at base.”

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Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

“Punish the guilty. Do justice to the victims. It’s not to ask very much. This is a rich society that won the Cold War. It has nothing to fear from this inquiry. That’s what justice would look like.”

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Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich

“The rich know almost nothing about the poor. They don’t clean their houses. Whereas the poor can turn on TV, not only house cleaners, and see how the rich live. And if you are a house cleaner you know exactly how individual rich people live.”

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Richard Russo

Richard Russo

“People who live the kind of lives that I write about want escape from those lives. They don’t want to dwell imaginatively in the lives that they are living. They want their books to be set on Capri. And why the hell not!”

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Barry Crimmins

Barry Crimmins

“We are conditioned to think we suck because we are not completely celebrated everyday. I just celebrate because I don’t have to go to work at NormoCorp everyday. I’m sitting out here in the early morning with the sun, with the birds singin’, and the dogs lying here, talkin’ with you, about whatever we want to talk about. We already won. We already won. They didn’t get me. I’m not worried about dealing with some nitwit middle manager all day who’s makin’ me feel stressed out and screwin’ up my life. I’m sittin’ here. I have to fly to New Mexico tomorrow to talk about why the drug war is stupid. That’s all I gotta do.”

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David Hajdu

David Hajdu

“The smaller people, the smaller voices, are lost to history. But they are important as counterpoint and frequently important in their own right.”

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Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox

“There is no right or wrong way — just a way of noticing the way things happen in the world that is natural and organic. Plot can come pretty easily out of this exercise.”

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