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Colum McCann's Profile

Brief about Colum McCann: By info that we know Colum McCann was born at 1965-02-28. And also Colum McCann is Irish Writer.

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I'd been involved in journalism for a long time - my dad's a journalist, he's written many books, and when I was twelve years old I wrote reports on local football matches for the newspapers.

Tags: Dad, Football, Time

I'm not interested in blind optimism, but I'm very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, 'This is not enough.'

Tags: Darkness, Enough, Optimism

I'm very boring, really: I live on the Upper East Side, a block from the park. I have three kids. I go for a jog around the park every day with my dog.

Tags: Boring, Dog, Kids

If you're a writer, you know there are ways in which we don't know what we're doing at all. We're working out mysteries in a sort of poetic realm, and hoping that if a story is honest, if you're dragging the deep truth out of yourself, then something good and profound might come out of it.

Tags: Good, Truth, Yourself

In a certain way, novelists become unacknowledged historians, because we talk about small, tiny, little anonymous moments that won't necessarily make it into the history books.

Tags: Become, History, Small

Increasingly I think of myself as some strange and solitary conductor, introduced to a group of very dynamic musicians who happen to be my characters, and I have no idea how they are going to play together, and I have certainly no idea how I am going to put manners on them.

Tags: Happen, Strange, Together

It's interesting if you can talk about the large moments and also the small moments to understand the deepest complexities of a man by trying to imagine who they are.

Tags: Small, Trying, Understand

It's not very fashionable, but I love life, and I believe that things disappear and reappear and nothing ever solidifies, no matter how middle-class, housebroken, staid, and solitary someone's life seems to be. That, I think, is what I'm writing about.

Tags: Life, Love, Someone

'Let the Great World Spin' at the end talks a lot about connections and light and possibility and the fact that the world doesn't end. Even in the darkest times, we have to go on.

Tags: End, Great, Light

Part of me really wants to believe that hope is entirely available to all of us. We don't have to embrace it. It would be sentimental and silly to say that we all need it, but it is absolutely available to all of us.

Tags: Hope, Silly, Wants

The contemporary American novelist benefits in a way from being ignored. It makes you angrier and makes you want to go into all of those places where you shouldn't.

Tags: American, Makes, Places

The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to recover. I wanted to talk about the more anonymous corners of the city, because I think it's very important that not all of that anger was turned to revenge.

Tags: Anger, Away, Revenge

The short story is an imploding universe. It has all the boil of energy inside it. A novel has shrapnel going all over the place. You can have a mistake in a novel. A short story has to be perfect.

Tags: Energy, Perfect, Short

Very seldom in my fiction have I directly used the stories people have told me. I think ripping off people's lives in fiction is dangerous. It also lacks imagination.

Tags: Lives, Off, Used

I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption.

Tags: Beautiful, Place, Redemption

I grew up sort of middle class, safe and suburban.

Tags: Class, Middle, Safe

I have different books for different times of the day, let alone different seasons of the year!

Tags: Alone, Times, Year

I have the most charmed, most - I feel entirely blessed and lucky that I have the life that I have.

Tags: Blessed, Life, Lucky

I think the Northern Ireland accent is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Tags: Accent, Beautiful, Ireland

I think we're moving toward moments of grace and understanding. And I think these things take time.

Tags: Grace, Moving, Time
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