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Born: 1928-08-25
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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You just listen to the ball and bat come together. They make an awful noise.

Tags: Ball, Listen, Together

Action is my first love. When I first started writing, my favorite movies were 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Aliens', and that sort of thing.

Tags: Love, Movies, Writing

I started off writing kind of big summer, blockbustery kinds of movies, but at that time, I had no name, nobody knew who I was, and somebody told me I can't write movies that are going to cost $100 million to make and expect someone to buy them; it was just impractical.

Tags: Movies, Someone, Time

I'm from Ohio, and I wasn't one of those kids who grew up making movies or whatever, but I always wanted to write. I was probably in high school when I realized the things I was writing weren't books; they were movies, they were visual.

Tags: Movies, School, Writing

In college, one of my favorite classes was a six-week class watching horror movies. 'The Bad Seed' was one of them and was the first time I had seen it, and I really fell in love with it.

Tags: Love, Movies, Time

I really enjoy writing novels. It's like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off.

Tags: Enjoy, Off, Writing

I think it's silly for anyone to think you could write under the influence, but if they'd like to think that, I'd like to keep the legend alive. Maybe I was under the influence when I wrote Jesus' Son and I just didn't know it.

Tags: Jesus, Keep, Son

If you write fiction, you're by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don't have to explain anything to anybody. But when you get in with others who share the loneliness of the whole enterprise, you're not lonely anymore.

Tags: Loneliness, Lonely, Yourself

All the modern verse plays, they're terrible; they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first.

Tags: Modern, Poetry, Terrible

When I'm writing for Esquire, my conscious thought is, I'm not writing for American Scholar.

Tags: American, Thought, Writing

I didn't finish the stories until we went to the Philippines and I got malaria. I couldn't work and I didn't have any money, but I had seven stories. So I wrote three or four more.

Tags: Money, Until, Work

I was probably 35 when I wrote the first story. The voice is kind of a mix in that it has a young voice, but it's also someone who's looking back. I like that kind of double vision.

Tags: Someone, Vision, Young

I'd met a woman and I got married, but the money ran out right away. I hadn't had a job for seven months, and it just came over me that I was never going to work again. It hit me.

Tags: Job, Money, Work

If you take a lie and allow your desire for the truth, you'll end up with some truth - not fact, but something that gets you closer to the truth. That's what we want. When we go to a play, we need to be assured that the experience we're having.

Tags: End, Experience, Truth

In the plays - that's where I go crazy. But my prose has a much lighter touch; it's not trying to thrill with language, just to be more truthful. I'm not concerned with the accuracy of anything. We don't get to the truth of anything with facts.

Tags: Crazy, Truth, Trying

What's funny about Jesus' Son is that I never even wrote that book, I just wrote it down. I would tell these stories and people would say, You should write these things down.

Tags: Book, Funny, Jesus

You're under pressure when you produce facts. You're working with facts in journalism, but you're under all kinds of formal constraints; there are expectations.

Tags: Facts, Pressure, Working

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