“I want to believe that reading tunes the mind, that empathy results from the connections forged between a reader and a character…”
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“Creating some kind of art…is as close to leaving your brain behind in a jar as you’re going to get.”
“I think I wanted characters that rejected that sort of accepted protocol. How you meet, how long you remain skeptical, when you submit to love, or at least the idea of love.”
“I believe if you read a lot, your mind learns the ability to play different games or see different options in every situation that non-readers might not see.”
“The earthquake and tsunami forced me to put myself on the line, as it were, and to step into the fictional world and participate.”
“I have to write the stories I want to write, in the way that I want to write them. The motivation has to come from me, not from other people.”
“We’re narrative-making machines…so the stories we tell ourselves about what is happening shape our actions. Nothing is as dangerous as a story.”
“I knew I felt released after writing the novel, but I could never quite articulate it. And I think it was that – the shame that many abused people have to face down – I had done it in writing the novel.”
“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”
“Writing, for me, is the daily practice of empathy. Reading should be a practice of empathizing too. Each time we step into another person’s world view, we broaden who we are as people.”
“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”
Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.
Five years ago, the short story collection The Littlest Hitler hit bookshelves, announcing Ryan Boudinot as one of our funniest and most exciting new writers.