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I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.
I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition of words-not just how they sound or what they mean, but even what they look like.
I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.
I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation.
Hardship makes the world obscure.
For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking.
Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.
Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.
American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.
America was and is the immigrant's dream.
A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain.
Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.
I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes.
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