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Ann Beattie Quotes


An American short story writer and novelist.
(1947 - )

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Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share so little in common and who are lumped together as minimalists are not terribly happy with.
 

Falling in Place was meant to be very much rooted in a place and time, and music was a part of that.
 

I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
 

I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
 

I don't write about things that I have the answers to or things that are very close to home. It just wouldn't be any adventure. It wouldn't have any vitality.
 

I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target.
 

I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
 

I must say also that it's never worked to my disadvantage that I have long, blond hair.
 

I think almost always that what gets me going with a story is the atmosphere, the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters, not the other way around.
 

I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
 

I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
 

I've been in this business for a long time, and I no longer think that anything that I do by way of clarification is ever going to eradicate the mistakes.
 

I've spent my life supporting myself.
 

If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
 

It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
 

It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
 

It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing, cynical writer. I've never known what to make of that.
 

Much of what happens in Love Always is really from overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room. It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood agents think and talk to each other.
 

Nobody can assume that, to a writer, everything is off-limits.
 

Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.
 


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