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All my novels are about the ambiguities that lie beneath the sharp edges of the law.
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Americans became interested in what was going on in courtrooms because so much was being decided there.
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Americans stopped believing in the melting pot and in universal American values.
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As a graduate student and a writing fellow, innovation was all. As a trial lawyer, accessibility was everything.
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By lunch or early afternoon I'm pretty much done for the day as a writer.
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Criminal law in particular does indeed present human beings in extremis. You're always dealing with definitions of evil.
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Even killers recognize that some people are sort of programmed to do mayhem.
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For people like me, people of a certain privilege, the sixties were extremely important in shaping our sense of humanity.
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Generally speaking most of the people I saw who were irretrievably violent, were people who had had violence done to them as children.
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I always say that I don't criticize anybody's position on the death penalty because I've held all of them.
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I believe that people are maimed by experience.
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I did not realize how bad, how desperately bad the plight of the black urban poor had become.
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I do not believe in original sin.
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I practise law almost every day. Exclusively criminal work these days.
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I really do believe that chance favours a prepared mind.
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I saw that universality had got to be the ultimate objective.
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I tend to write in the mornings.
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I then became a defense lawyer and saw the system go wrong, saw innocent people convicted and sentenced to death, and people who were certainly guilty, but who had not committed crimes as grave as the punishment.
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I think the first serious novel that interested me was The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
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I trained as a writer before I became a lawyer.
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I tried for 20 years to write ostensibly serious fiction.
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I was headed for a life as an English professor but that just wasn't me.
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I'm not a scholar, I didn't have a scholar's attitude toward literature.
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If life's lessons could be reduced to single sentences, there would be no need for fiction.
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In each of my books a character begins to take over.
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In the broadest terms it is, like much literature, about life and death.
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In the wake of the Sixties they began to celebrate diversity and pluralism.
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It turned out people were intensely curious about what actually goes on in courtrooms, and that Americans were deeply interested in law.
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It's the inability of the laws and institutions to accommodate these fine differences in people that has always provided a theme for me.
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Just because it's a mystery, it doesn't have to be mindless.
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Like most American boys of my age I read a lot of Ian Fleming.
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My view is that popular fiction as it existed was just plain dumb, and literary fiction was either abstruse, or unbelievably boring.
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On the streets, unrequited love and death go together almost as often as in Shakespeare.
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People are telling stories again.
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People talk of me as being the inventor of the legal thriller.
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Postmodernism cost literature its audience.
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Presumed Innocent was filmed for the movies and The Burden of Proof was filmed for TV.
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That led me to say that when push comes to shove, I'm against capital punishment.
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The bottom line is, I am against capital punishment, despite my understanding of the visceral attraction it has for most Americans.
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The embrace of plot has allowed something like the Oprah book club phenomenon to emerge.
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The fact is that plot has brought out the best in me.
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The great break of my literary career was going to law school.
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The one thing I would like more credit for is being part of a movement which involves recognising the importance of plot and asserting that books of literary worth could be written that had plots.
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The overwhelmingly successful trial book of my early adolescence had been To Kill A Mocking Bird.
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The prosecutor, who is supposed to carry the burden of proof, really is an author.
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The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
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You can't say there's going to be no death penalty and then say we can't have severe conditions of confinement.
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You're not a prosecutor unless you've got your own issues with evil.
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