Tag Archives: Robert Birnbaum

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott

“Any review is a good review. What’s really painful is to have three books out and not get reviewed in the New York Times. So I have no sympathy for someone who gets a bad review in the Times.”

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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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Nathaniel Bellows

Nathaniel Bellows

“I have a sensitivity to reviewing because of my experience, to the task, and to the weight of what a review can do and how it affects all the different parts of publishing.”

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Alice Flaherty

“It is very painful for them to think of literature, of writing literature, as this product of this disgusting organ with the consistency of tooth paste.”

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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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Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi

“I think if a civilization or a culture does not take its own works of literature seriously it goes downhill. You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn’t exist.”

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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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Saira Shah

Saira Shah

“The West is a very problem-solving culture. And one of the problems of Afghanistan is that it doesn’t lend itself readily to being sorted out on the West’s terms.”

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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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Arthur Kempton

Arthur Kempton

“I understood early that if you are interested in American history, in some way the purest lens that you can have on it is black American history.”

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Jason Kersten

Jason Kersten

“Every other story in America is a murder story, a true crime story. When I was doing the book, that was one of the things that I looked long and hard at—how do I treat this differently?”

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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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