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Born: 1955-11-09
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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A book's flaws make it less predictable.

Tags: Book, Flaws, Less

A cliche is like a coin that has been handled too much. Once language has been overly handled, it no longer leaves a clear imprint.

Tags: Language, Longer, Once

As a person with terrible handwriting, I love the computer. I've waited all my life for the computer.

Tags: Life, Love, Terrible

As an artist, you can never get what you want. What you do never approaches what you want it to be.

Tags: Approaches, Artist

Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.

Tags: Anger, Depression, Human

I tried writing fiction as a little kid, but had a teacher humiliate me, so didn't write again until I was a senior in college.

Tags: Again, Teacher, Writing

I've been depressed many times in my life. But under it all I'm an optimist.

Tags: Depressed, Life, Times

Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.

Tags: Dimension, Landscape, Memory

My house is modern, but I like my writing room to be old fashioned. I write on a little wooden secretary desk.

Tags: Old, Write, Writing

I think that Oprah's on a mission to improve the lives of the average American in various ways. And one of them is to bring literature to people who would normally not be quite as demanding in their reading tastes, to show them writing that can be more than just entertainment.

Tags: American, Show, Writing

I use my fiction to explore my own unconscious issues. I usually don't even know what's going on with me until I'm writing. That doesn't mean my books are autobiographical.

Tags: Mean, Until, Writing

Many women get involved with a man that you pretty much know isn't suitable and you're kind of breaking your rules, but he's attractive in some unknown way. And then he doesn't even realize what a sacrifice you're making by being with him and he dumps you!

Tags: Him, Sacrifice, Women

My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers. Every two weeks, he'd take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms - 'Have you read this? And this? And this?'

Tags: Father, Great, Off

The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story.

Tags: Fear, Greatest, Love

To make films, you have to have boundless energy; you have to work and play with others really, really well, and I'm really a more contemplative kind of person. I like to sit at home and think, a lot.

Tags: Home, Others, Work

We don't have a unitary society anymore, you know; it's very fragmented. I look up and down my block in Silverlake and there is a different universe in every house.

Tags: House, Society, Universe

When you're a little kid, you are small, your life is small - and you're terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dogsledder.

Tags: Life, Read, Small

Your protagonist is your reader's portal into the story. The more observant he or she can be, the more vivid will be the world you're creating. They don't have to be super-educated, they just have to be mentally active. Keep them looking, thinking, wondering, remembering.

Tags: Keep, She, Thinking