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And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
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As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations; I really wanted a normal little childhood. Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.
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As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.
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Because I've lived in one room my entire life, working at the same table that you use to pay bills at and eat at. It's going to be nice to have actual space.
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Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir, I really want it to be true.
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But I can also write in crappy motel rooms, while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chair.
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But I ended up having the ability to appreciate this strangeness I found, an ability to use it for something better.
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But my favorite band is Curbside Life, out of Chicago.
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I believe that if you have real talent as a writer, a true gift, you will eventually be published. But it may not happen according to your schedule. And it may not happen with the first manuscript you create. Or the second. So you have to be, if not patient, at least endlessly tenacious.
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I can't tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it's something I never felt a part of. I've always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.
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I have almost no interest in shoes.
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I knew that if I wrote a new book every six months or every year, if I continued to read great books, eventually I would write something worthy of publication. I understood I might be in my forties or my fifties or even my sixties, but I felt confident that it would happen.
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I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people. They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.
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I love to both give and receive very old books.
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I never listen to music when I write.
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I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.
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I think people tend to see the bigger point, which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you didn't have the childhood that you expected you would have, or that you felt lonely or struggled with drugs and alcohol or just that you were able to achieve your dreams.
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I think writers tend to be experience junkies, and I think they also tend to want to be on the outside looking in.
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I was in advertising for years. That was cushy, you know? It's pretty cushy in a lot of ways, but I hated it.
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I was on the cover of a lot of newspapers. I was on the cover of USA Today for every single day for a month. I was on the masthead, so I tend to get recognized a lot, and in weird places. It's always flattering, and it's always odd. It's always at the worst possible time.
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I'm always prepared for the worst. I was prepared to have the book come out, sell seven copies, and have to keep working in advertising, so it was just great that it was received so well and by such a huge audience.
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I'm like the guy who prepares your taxes or a dentist. I'm very conservative and boring in a lot of ways.
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I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.
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Marriage is overdone. As long as there are people, people are going to find it interesting.
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My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.
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My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father, basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective.
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Of course, the perfect book for book lovers (and graphic design students) would be a copy of Chip Kidd: Book One, an enormous and fascinating retrospective of the work of this most famous book jacket designer (and author).
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Once I decided to write, to be published, I knew it would happen.
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Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
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So, really, if you think about it, the only thing that separates me from the guy with the stinky foot and no teeth is a book deal and some cologne.
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Some things, you do have to creatively recreate, and that's fine, but I like to know the essence of it is true.
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The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
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There's never a false note in a Berg novel.
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Well, I chose a dead author instead of a fictional character because dead authors become fictional characters after a while.
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When people meet me, many times they're very surprised because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City, and I'm not.
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With my own memoirs, they are truthful, and I write everything fully expecting to some day end up televised on Court TV, and I'm fully prepared to be challenged legally on it.
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