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After the much talked about generation of postmoderns a lot of us are looking again at character and, in particular, at family.
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And let me step back here and say that I was a very late kid - growing up, I had parents who were much older than I.
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And Silence of the Lambs is a really smart book.
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But as far as being popular, yeah, I think Dave Barry is really funny.
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I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers who take themselves seriously - and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
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I hate that word dysfunction.
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I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person, but who, not long before he got sick, said that the greatest source of satisfaction in his life had been going to work in the company of other workers.
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I really enjoy doing both, but I didn't write nonfiction until 1994.
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I tend to read a lot more when I'm working than when I'm not. Probably because I'm somewhat depressed when I'm not working.
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I think any artistic child of a businessman is prone to a sense of the slightness of what he or she is doing. Of the uselessness of art.
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I used to think it was hard to write, and I still find the process more or less unpleasant, but if I know what I'm doing it rattles along, then the rewrite whips it into shape rather quickly.
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I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself.
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I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded by people a lot older than me. I think even when I was 21, I felt like I was a 70-year-old man.
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I was about 13, in some ways, when I wrote the first book. Approximately 18 when I wrote the second.
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I was unwise enough to actually mention this in public a few times, and in fact to point out that there were two versions of the book now. One of them had somebody else's name on the cover, one had my name on the cover.
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I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down, then... it's sort of like taking the training wheels off, trying to write a book that's fun in the same way without relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
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If you're interested in how people behave, if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves, the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard to ignore drugs nowadays, because that is so much part of the conversation.
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It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life, things happen in it, and certain things do change; certain things end. People you know die.
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It's just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading. Something better be happening at the beginning, and then on every page after, or I get irritated.
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It's not surprising to see in my own work, looking back, and in the work of some of my peers, an attention to family. It's nice to write a book that does tend toward significance and meaning, and where else are you sure of finding it?
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It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N. Security Council.
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's one of the perversities of the age: I'm embarrassed by its success, but I'm happy it's selling.
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The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.
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The real pleasure in writing this, for me, was discovering how little you need.
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We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.
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When I discovered that it was possible to do an essay or go do some journalism, and that I was actually okay at it - The New Yorker was particularly, wonderfully encouraging along those lines - that's where all the character in The Corrections comes from, in a way: I suddenly had room for it.
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When I finally gave up any hope of doing anything representative of the American family, I actually seemed to have tapped into other people's weirdness in that way.
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TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center

2011-04-26

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