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Born: 1960-11-10
Profession: Author
Nation: British
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I wanted to write something that would be a comedy in the sense of making people feel happier when they finish it than they did when began it.

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I was always so relieved that anyone wants to publish anything I've written.

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I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.

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Make good art.

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Partly because I get such astonishingly nice fans.

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The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked...that's the moment you may be starting to get it right.

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I don't know if proud is the right word, but I am somebody who does not, on the whole, have the highest regard for my own stuff in that when I look all I get to see are the flaws.

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It's not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers - we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.

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Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation.

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American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.

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It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.

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Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.

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I loved writing a book in which, in some ways, it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.

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I was one those kids who had books on them. Before weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, funerals and anything else where you're actually meant to not be reading, my family would frisk me and take the book away. If they didn't find it by this point in the procedure, I would be sitting over in that corner completely unnoticed just reading my book.

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I'll agonize over sentences. Mostly because you're trying to create specific effects with sentences, and because there are a number of different voices in the book.

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In many ways, it was much, much harder to get the first book contract. The hardest thing probably overall has been learning not to trust people, publicists and so forth, implicitly.

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So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and articles and went off and did them.

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So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech.

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The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable - but I think that can also add to the glory of it.

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There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up - or didn't - and Jamaican stories.

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When I was a kid, we actually lived in a house that had been divided in two at one point, which meant that one room in our house opened up onto a brick wall. And I was convinced all I had to do was just open it the right way and it wouldn't be a brick wall. So I'd sidle over to the door and I'd pull it open.

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Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

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The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

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You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.

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Life - and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison - is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.

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Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.

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Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.

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And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.

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As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.

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I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good at making outlines and sticking to them. I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it. It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.

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The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. Other countries don't have that.

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It is a fool's prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.

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I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look for it.

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The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.

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You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different.

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Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus?

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A nice, easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics, because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.

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We all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don't to make it all bearable.

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Also, I've already won all the awards.

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Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.

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I was the kind of kid whose parents would drop him off at the local town library on their way to work, and I'd go and work my way through the children's area.

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Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it's a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.

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I started out writing much more science fictiony stuff and writing about science fiction.

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I started writing when I was about 20, 21 maybe.

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I think of myself as a very lazy author.

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I think the short story is a very underrated art form. We know that novels deserve respect.

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