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“You can’t really make the world up–make something more zany than the world is. So, I mean I can’t make anything up that isn’t already superseded by something that already is.”
“Just like when I decided to start an all-girl, all ex-con band, or learn how to eat fire, it just felt like it was time to write my memoir.”
Even before he was named Poet Laureate of the United States in June 2006, Donald Hall was a familiar figure in contemporary poetry.
Colette Labouff talks with the author of From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame
The Blind Side is an incredibly moving story about the remarkable reversal of fortune Michael Oher, a 6’5″, 350-pound, feral sixteen-year-old black boy from inner-city Memphis, encounters as he is adopted by a wealthy white Evangelical family.
“Reviews can sell a book, but it doesn’t always work that they sell books. And that’s very different. We all used to look at the NYTBR and decide what the book was that we had to read. And now it’s really a little bit unclear how we decide what book we are going to read.”
“in general, music tends to trigger emotion on a very deep level for me, and that is what I want to access when I write.”
There is a very big difference between American and British travel journalism, and that’s this whole business of the assisted or freebie trip. In Britain we are unashamed about any travel company paying for you to go and then writing about it.
“I love the three-minute song. It can tell a story as well as a 300-page novel, plus you have the music element that you don’t get in books.”
Stories are the way we understand the world. Fiction writers are just maybe a bit more upfront about it, that’s all.
“I’m too spiteful to take criticism constructively and I’m only comfortable being honest about people behind their backs, so workshops or group critiques were never what I was looking for.”
Erin shares her winning strategies and talks about her lack of belief in karma, her extensive fortune cookie collection, and why online dating sites can’t nail down her personality.
“The richest people are suffering fear in such a proportion they cannot imagine life without this panic of being kidnapped and feeling that people hate them or I don’t know—it must be terrible.”
“I don’t think that it’s necessarily important for all writers to put themselves in odd contexts. For me, it did a world of good for my writing.”