Tag Archives: Novelists

Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard

“Part of it is a sense of moving into a realm of description that invites one to confront the limitations of one’s own vocabulary.”

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Vyvyane Loh

Vyvyane Loh

“I did get that training, and I did take up a spot in medical school, and I feel ethically that I can’t abandon it. I have the training; I should use it.”

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Tibor Fischer

Tobor Fischer

“If I knew exactly everything that was going to happen from page 1 to page 300, I’d never get round to writing it because I would get so bored.”

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Edward Jones

Edward Jones

“…all the effort and knowledge that went into writing that first story. You can’t transfer it over to the second story. You are always starting at the bottom again. So it’s—a nasty job. It’s a nasty job.”

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Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack

“I hate it when a book opens and there are three pages in italics and then the narrative starts. Just tell me a goddamn story! I don’t need three pages of italics.”

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Chip Kidd #2

Chip Kidd

“A part of what I feel is not great is when authors — or authors and their agents, or agents on behalf of their authors — come to me and they want me to design their books because they think it will solve all their problems for them. And now I can safely say, I designed my own book cover for my novel and it was not a runaway success.”

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Martin Amis

Martin Amis

“I think all writing answers the very human desire—not for immortality but for some extension of your mortal span.”

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Louis Begley

Louis Begley

“I cannot read novels of huge length, with no characters, no intelligible plot, and really no point except a compendium of private jokes and obsessions.”

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David Levien

David Levien

“I’m drawn to sub-cultures that have a code, custom, and language of their own. Whether it is underground poker, organized crime, the porn business, law, or soldiering, I am interested in the rules of these insular worlds, and how they mesh and gnash with the greater outside world.”

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Janette Turner Hospital

“Blind optimism is what every writer has to have to keep going because the odds are not good…”

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Vendela Vida

“You go into a bookstore and there are all these sections on war and countless things that there are books about, and yet we seem to circumscribe literature to just literary fiction.”

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Alan Lightman on Reunion

“I am interested in consciousness and self-identity and how we form self-identity from memory.”

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Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux

“And that’s a wonderful thing about writing or any creative genre—the surprise that you bring upon yourself while you are composing.”

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Marcelle Clements

Marcelle Clements

“That’s really the best moment, when you’re holding the book object in your hands. Because, of course, the experience of publishing a book is so, umm, shall we say, mixed.”

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Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver

“Writing a novel is such an isolated enterprise. And while you are writing it, you are living with this material every day… Essentially, you are living in your own little heaven or hell, depending on what you are writing. It’s a little bit like being asleep all the time, being in a dream all the time.”

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