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John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick

“I found that it was frustrating to me to find the good stories and also to get access to the good stories in journalism. Whereas in novels, of course, you create the good stories and you manage the plot and decide on the characters and have everything under your control.”

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David Shields

David Shields

“When forms die, they die for good reason. Because they are no longer articulating or conveying what it is like to be alive.”

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Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff

“But also I am not so interested in fame. Maybe it’s the times that I am living in. There is something about fame that seems to dull people down.”

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Samantha Power

Samantha Power

“You can’t have reliable partners in a war on terrorism if they are torturing and killing their own people.”

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Thomas McGuane

Thomas McGuane

“Writing a novel is like doing the Appalachian Trail by yourself. You’re out there, nobody to talk to, nobody knows what you are doing, and if you have this great burst and you want to run out of your office and tell about this great scene, nobody is remotely interested.”

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Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

“Ego drives a lot of writers, and it drives me. I can be pretty modest with you, but I have to admit when I am by myself I have goals and I want my stories to be read. And I think there is some art in them.”

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Frank Conroy

Frank Conroy

“Although everybody says it’s all going to hell in a hand basket and American literary culture is all over, really, that’s not true. It just looks that way from the outside because popular culture is making so much noise and filling up so much space. But high culture is still there. A good book will still get printed.”

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Nora Okja Keller

Nora Okja Keller

“When I work with a short story, a novel or a column it forces me to follow a thought out. And by following that thought I come to a place that I wouldn’t have guessed that I was going. I love that. To me, that’s the enjoyment of writing, the process of discovery.”

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Barbara Haber

Barbara Haber

“Like any literacy, food literacy is important. We need to teach people better eating habits.”

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Elizabeth Inness-Brown

Elizabeth Inness-Brown

“I think maybe the thing that enabled me to write a novel in the end was the computer.”

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John Dufresne

John Dufresne

“In America there is a great tradition of Southern literature. It was the literature I loved when I was growing up. It’s not why I moved to the South, but it’s why I felt at home there, in a way.”

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Christopher Rice

Christopher Rice

“I believe that my material, the material I like to write, would be laughed out of your average writing program. That I would be encouraged or pushed to write something I didn’t want to and follow rules that I have made very clear that I will not follow.”

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Alex Beam

Alex Beam

“I asked myself the question, ‘What are my intentions?’ I realized my intentions were perfection. I wanted to write a perfect 750-word column. I’m judging what I produced against the ideal possibility of what would have been perfect.”

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Richard Ford

Richard Ford

“I didn’t want to write a half-assed book. I wanted to write a book that was in your face about what this book wanted to be in your face about and live with the consequences myself.”

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Christopher Hitchens on Letters to a Young Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens

“I personally believe that there is a clash of civilizations. I don’t see why people are so reluctant to adopt this view. I think it’s because they wish there were not… since there is one, let it be well-conducted on our side.”

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