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Brief about Mary Karr: By info that we know Mary Karr was born at 1955-01-16. And also Mary Karr is American Poet.

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Success has affected my self-definition in that I have more money. Writers pooh-pooh that idea, but it's a huge deal.

Tags: Idea, Money, Success

The audiobooks I buy are never first-time reads - only rereadings of books I know well that I find intoxicating.

Tags: Books, Buy, Reads

The emotional stakes a memoirist bets with could not be higher, and it's physically enervating. I nap on a daily basis like a cross-country trucker.

Tags: Daily, Emotional, Higher

The failures of other genres to provide an emotional connection with some of their characters and narratives gives memoir a toehold.

Tags: Characters, Connection, Emotional

The thing I have to do as a writer, and that God permits me to do, is that I have to be willing to fail.

Tags: Fail, God, Writer

There are all kinds of things God wants me to do that I'm very obstreperous about.

Tags: God, Kinds, Wants

There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.

Tags: Beyond, Dreams, Women

Both my parents were agnostic. My mother was kind of a Buddhist. She had some spiritual tendencies, but they were kind of flaky - New Agey, you know? Which is partly why I'm suspicious of that sort of thing. I'm skeptical of any spiritual practice that doesn't involve other people and doesn't involve some sort of consistent tradition.

Tags: Mother, Parents, Spiritual

For days on end, I avoid the Web, never logging in until about two or three, after I've written all morning. On a good week, I don't go online till after Wednesday, so four or five days might lapse without my checking e-mail.

Tags: End, Good, Morning

I always thought my family was so bizarre, so when people started coming up to me and saying, 'My family was exactly like yours,' I was completely knocked out.

Tags: Family, Saying, Thought

I believe in God, but even if you don't, you can believe in a self, the person who is innately who you are. Once you fully become that person, then everything you do will be blessed.

Tags: Blessed, God, Self

I have a completely addictive personality. Diet Coke is my last - God, I know people counting days off Diet Coke; I'm such a Diet Cokehead. Now I won't let myself buy it.

Tags: Diet, God, Off

I think being tortured as a virtue is a kind of antiquated sense of what it is to be an artist. It comes out of that Symbolist idea, back to Rimbaud and all that disordering of the senses and all of that being some exalted state. When I've been that way, I've always been less exalted than I would have liked.

Tags: Artist, Idea, Sense

I was a philosophy major as an undergraduate, and I'm just an arrogant little thing. It's hard for me to admit that I can't understand something, let alone not be in charge of it.

Tags: Alone, Hard, Philosophy

I've been teaching classes on memoirs since 1986, and I've been reading them all my life, and I think that I would like to write a critical book that might have some of those how-to elements in it.

Tags: Book, Life, Write

If dysfunction means that a family doesn't work, then every family ambles into some arena in which that happens, where relationships get strained or even break down entirely. We fail each other or disappoint each other. That goes for parents, siblings, kids, marriage partners - the whole enchilada.

Tags: Family, Marriage, Work

My idea of art is, you write something that makes people feel so strongly that they get some conviction about who they want to be or what they want to do. It's morally useful not in a political way, but it makes your heart bigger; it's emotionally and spiritually empowering.

Tags: Art, Heart, Political

People who didn't live pre-Internet can't grasp how devoid of ideas life in my hometown was. The only bookstores sold Bibles the size of coffee tables and dashboard Virgin Marys that glowed in the dark.

Tags: Coffee, Dark, Life

Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else's suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others.

Tags: Passion, Poetry, Someone

The truth is when I went to graduate school I would've said I was among the least talented of the students, I was certainly the least smart, or less educated. But I worked very hard.

Tags: School, Smart, Truth

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