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Born: 1964-03-23
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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A lot of writers, probably because they're sensitive, which makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.

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Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way.

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For me, books have always been a way to feel less alone while being alone. Perhaps if I was depressed and isolated, just communicating with these authors through their sentences helped me.

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I don't have ADD, but I only like to pay attention to the things I like to pay attention to, and things like getting a TV and getting the cable working are beyond me, and so I let such things lapse, sometimes for years. This applies to keeping my apartment clean.

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I don't know that I've gotten much feedback directly from the literary world; sometimes I doubt even the notion that there is a literary world, though I guess there is or was.

Tags: Doubt, Sometimes, Though

I don't like rides. I take everything in life quite literally, and so I genuinely feel terrified on rides and liable to vomit at any moment, and I hate to vomit even more than I fear rides.

Tags: Fear, Hate, Life

I don't mind being ridiculed - well, I guess I would mind a little, but it would only last a few minutes - it's all very ephemeral; it doesn't really matter what people think of me.

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I grew up in northern New Jersey - the banlieue of New York - and I now live in Brooklyn. I am separated from my parents by about 50 miles, but really there is almost no distance between us. I speak to them nearly every day.

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I might have some sort of personality disorder. I might not have proper filters; it might be some kind of version of Asperger's meets Tourettes meets prose.

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I wish I was the kind of writer who would go to a war zone and write about something that's meaningful and important to people, but that's not my area of coverage.

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I'm a somewhat isolated person in my own way, or I move along a little trail, I go this place, I go that place. It's not like I'm varying my exposure.

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I've always liked police-blotter kind of writing, or the writing of a policeman, right to the point and hardboiled. That's how I see at least the prose elements of scriptwriting.

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No, I'm not very productive at all. I'm probably like an animal. I mean, great animals in the ocean feed all the time. I'm someone who procrastinates, worries, for most of a month, and then I'll have a flurry of manic productivity with a sense of great urgency and fear for, like, two days.

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Now, all writing - all the arts - are a form of 'Pay attention to me,' but there's also the flip side. Like, I want to give something. Let me entertain you, let me amuse you, let me try to please you with this thing I've made. And then pay attention to me.

Tags: Give, Try, Writing

Twitter is so severe, you know? And it's completely for free, it's scattershot, and it's very easy to feel embarrassed. It's hard to be artful with it. It's like a ticker tape. It's not a forum that's worth mastering, you know?

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When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

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A lot of writing is a form of seeing - putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.

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As a child, I wanted to be an athlete, a professional tennis player or something like that.

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For me, the past is dead. Can't go back.

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Having a show get canceled is like, 'Oh, you have caviar between your teeth,' you know what I mean? Because you had a show in the first place.

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I am always the source of the worst rumors about myself.

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I am part of a vast generation of people who perpetually live as if they just graduated from college.

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I didn't play or like a lot of board games as a child. I liked playing with my G.I. Joes and making up adventures for them.

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I don't laugh that much, but I do like humorous books, and I like to entertain readers that way.

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I don't like to publicly acknowledge being a Jew.

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I don't really recognise success. I don't see myself as on an upwardly mobile trajectory. I see myself as on the edge of a cliff about to fall off.

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I drink coffee. Without coffee, I probably couldn't write.

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I have very few hobbies. In fact, I have no hobbies.

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I need to stay in the present and use that new-age mantra: 'I'm okay right now.' But I worry about all the things I'm failing at every moment.

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I promote my own self-hatred.

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I'm actually much more shy and self-conscious than people's perception of me.

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I've always been inspired by Don Quixote as a role model of sorts, of the power of books to sort of make you insane in maybe a beautiful way.

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I've really never written about my relationships, or things like that. I wouldn't want to divulge things that were too private.

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It's hard for me to think of writing a novel, because it takes so long.

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It's hard to leave New York: this is where my friends are, my parents are. It is so vital. The whole world seems to look to New York.

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Mostly I have to try to censor myself so as not to write things that will hurt other people, or that will go too far.

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Something has happened where you almost never grow up in America. Maybe it's the greater wealth.

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The reason it's hard for me to tweet is I don't want to pronounce anything, and Twitter is for pronouncing.

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There are so many talented young writers named Jonathan, with whom by comparison I suffer terribly.

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There's no shortage of material in life.

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To write about a place, you have to live there.

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The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.

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The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification.

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Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.

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Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.

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Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.

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Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers.

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From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.

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In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor.

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Nothing exists from eternity but God, and God is not the matter or a part of any creature, but only the maker.

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Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image.

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The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature.

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For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature: Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with the good of our neighbor.

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Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God.

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Participation in the blessings of the union with Christ comes when the faithful have all the things needed to live well and blessedly to God.

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The attributes of God tell us what He is and who He is.

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The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence.

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The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things.

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The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.

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The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.

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The will of God is eternal because He does not begin to will what He did not will before, nor cease to will what He willed before.

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The will of God is single and totally one in Him.

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The world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things.

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This subsistence, or manner of being of God is his one essence so far as it has personal properties.

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Active creation is conceived as a transitive action in which there is always presupposed an object about which the agent is concerned; it is virtually but not formally transitive because it makes, not presupposes, an object.

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Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul.

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An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else.

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In the exercise of God's efficiency, the decree of God comes first. This manner of working is the most perfect of all and notably agrees with the divine nature.

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Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation.

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