Tag Archives: Novelists

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

“Some people would say that if you can’t detach yourself from the world we see around us, then it would pretty much, pretty soon bury you under.”

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Carolyn Parkhurst

Carolyn Parkhurst

“I don’t usually have much of the plot figured out when I begin. I start with the characters, and with a basic premise, and then I just start writing and see where it goes.”

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

“…with writing I realized not so much that I was born to be a writer but that writing was much more flexible activity than I had previously thought. That its constraints were my constraints. It was limited by my limitations. And that was exciting.”

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Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell

“One of the ideas I explore in Hunger, though, is that we don’t know who will turn out to be brave under extreme pressure. Timid and annoying people can act with grace, strength, and bravery, while people noted for their courage can prove themselves cowards.”

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Robert Stone

Robert Stone

“And sometimes the epigraph becomes too heavy for the story and sometimes it seems too overwhelmingly portentous for the story. If it approaches sidewise, it’s more effective.”

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Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

“One of the great parts of being an American writer is that so much is going on here. It is exciting to the rest of the world, too. When I am in Europe people are quite excited about American fiction, and there is a sense that American writers are doing all kinds of different things—which they are.”

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ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer

“I think people tend to racialize, and in some contexts that is necessary. In the context of just being human and falling in love and all of the things that human beings do, I don’t necessarily think it should erupt. It’s a horrible thing when it does because it means that the racists have won.”

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George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

“Most American fiction is about people who win. And if it’s about race, it’s about how black people change white people.”

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Tom Paine

Tom Paine

“I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I wish it hadn’t been, but it was struggle to decide to do it. It never really was a question in some sense. I just wish I knew it wasn’t a question.”

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David Liss

David Liss

“I was a victim of the American cultural myth that genius requires no work. That if you have to work at something then you are not really gifted at it.”

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Sherman Alexie

American Indian filmmaker/writer talks with Robert Capriccioso

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TC Boyle

TC Boyle

“I write these novels in order to try to understand the world a little better for my own self. And if I help my fans and readers to go along on the journey, that’s great.”

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Will Self

Will Self author

“What would it be like to win at fiction? How can you win at fiction? It’s an actual philosophical question. What would it be like to win at fiction?”

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Richard Price

Author Richard Price

“I’m not into a novel as a philosophical inquiry into language and stuff like that. I’m basically a story teller and always will be.”

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Colum McCann

Colum McCann

“In America, as in most western countries, the writer is not really feared any more. Nobody fears your bite. So you have to work from a reckless inner need.”

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