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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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Maria Flook

Maria Flook

“My characters are disenfranchised, usually. And they are also the privileged who vacation side by side with the disenfranchised. I don’t write about the successful dynamic business tycoons of our country, unless they are side by side with my real fascination, the underclass.”

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Michael Lesy

Michael Lesy

“The idea when you make art is to spawn other art. What you want is to turn other people on so they make their own stuff.”

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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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Joshua Furst

Joshua Furst

“Literature is capable of doing things in the world that nothing else is capable of dealing with. There’s something sacred about that.”

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Joseph Epstein

Joseph Epstein

“And I have come to think that a good student is not that impressive a thing to be. A good student can tell you seven reasons for the Renaissance. Big fucking deal.”

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Benjamin Cavell

Ben Cavell

“I haven’t managed to avoid the pitfalls of being a member of this generation. My attention span is as short as any you can imagine.”

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Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern

“You don’t just arrive, you have to struggle and go through that long, unemployed, somewhat humiliating stage where you have nothing to show but your dream.”

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Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin

“This was my first attempt at a novel. And what I learned is that it’s a matter of simplifying things, getting as sharp a trajectory as you can and going for the end.”

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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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Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

“I have entertained thoughts of quitting research, but part of me thinks that my writing might become—instead of better—might become less interesting. I know for sure that I would probably lose half my idea sources.”

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Roger Angell

I don’t want to be thought of as a monument. I want to keep asking myself, "Is this new piece any good?" That’s the main thing.

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April Smith

April Smith

“…in television you have to have something on the air next week. In film there is no reason to do anything. You don’t have that pressure.”

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Graham Swift

Graham Swift

“When I started out back home there was a long list of publishing houses and imprints. The names are still there, but they have been coalesced into these big conglomerates.”

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Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O'Connor

“That’s another thing I like about 19th century fiction —it tended to try and answer all the questions. Which is the other absolute fear in contemporary fiction. It’s a wonderful thing to have said about you in a review now, ‘The book raises more questions than it answers.'”

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