Alfred Emanuel Smith's Quotes
Biography of Alfred Emanuel Smith
A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I'd much rather go and read a book.Tags: Book, Good, Life
Fashion is fickle, and I was published because I was fashionable. Because I was gay.Tags: Fashion, Fickle, Gay
I don't want a tombstone. You could carve on it 'She never actually wanted a tombstone.'Tags: Actually, She, Wanted
I wouldn't call my work Modernist. I would rust if I try to think about labels. I'd feel like the Tin Man in 'The Wizard of Oz.'Tags: Call, Try, Work
We'd never expect to understand a piece of music on one listen, but we tend to believe we've read a book after reading it just once.Tags: Book, Music, Understand
Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.Tags: Great, Move, Words
A game one of my sisters will play with me in my first year of being alive is called Good Baby, Bad Baby. This consists of being told I am a good baby until I smile and laugh, then being told I am a bad baby until I burst into tears. This training will stand me in good stead all through my life.Tags: Good, Life, Smile
All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.Tags: Alive, Book, Life
As for Aliki - if you were to stand in the middle of Rome and say the name Sophia Loren, or Paris and say the name Catherine Deneuve or Brigitte Bardot, or L.A. and the name Marilyn Monroe, it's like standing in Athens, or anywhere in wide-flung Greece, and saying Aliki Vougiouklaki. A huge star - and so little known elsewhere in the world.Tags: Saying, Stand, Star
But everything written has style. The list of ingredients on the side of a cornflakes box has style. And everything literary has literary style. And style is integral to a work. How something is told correlates with - more - makes what's being told. A story is its style.Tags: Makes, Story, Work
Even things which seem separate and finished are infinitely connected and will infinitely connect. This connection happens as soon as you let it, as soon as you engage - as soon as you even attempt to engage.Tags: Happens, Seem, Soon
How could 30 years be the blink-of-the-eye it felt? It was the difference between black-and-white footage of the Second World War and David Bowie on 'Top of the Pops' singing 'Life on Mars.'Tags: Between, Life, War
I had a job, I got ill, I left the job to get better, and while I was getting better, I wrote some stories. I sent them to some publishers and the fifth one who replied said they'd take them. Then they went bankrupt. Then that bankrupt publisher got bought by a bigger firm. Story: in the end is the beginning, and in the beginning is the end.Tags: End, Job, Said
I was at the tail end of the family. The next brother along was already seven years older than me. I remember growing up by myself, playing games by myself.Tags: End, Family, Remember
I'm blessed in my good friends, and some of them happen to be writers, though that's almost never what our friendships are about. And every writer I've ever read, living or dead, has in one way or another helped and inspired. I have a feeling it's important not to mix the two up.Tags: Blessed, Feeling, Good
It's the word 'artful'; it's such a great word, with its dark and its light side, its art and its cunning, the craft and the crafty of it - I've been preoccupied with the word 'artful' and the twin notions of 'cornucopia' and 'pickpocket' it suggests for quite some time.Tags: Art, Great, Time
My father is from Newark in Nottinghamshire and my mother is from the very north of Ireland. They've ended up in Scotland, where my father - well, both of them - will always be seen as having come from somewhere else.Tags: Else, Father, Mother
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Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship, and that almost never stops literature going where it wants to go either, because literature has a way of surpassing everything that blocks it and growing stronger for the exercise.Tags: Almost, Either, Growing
Short stories consume you faster. They're connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they're also a total joy.Tags: Joy, Short, Tough
We're well past the end of the century when time, for the first time, curved, bent, slipped, flash forwarded, and flashed back yet still kept rolling along. We know it all now, with our thoughts traveling at the speed of a tweet, our 140 characters in search of a paragraph. We're post-history. We're post-mystery.Tags: End, Past, Time
What I know most is that the difference between us is what makes us interesting and attractive and problematic and exciting and vital to each other. Give me difference over indifference any day.Tags: Between, Give, Makes