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If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely.
 

In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act.
 

In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic.
 

It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain.
 

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture.
 

May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan.
 

Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.
 

Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.
 

One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language.
 

People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.
 

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
 

People will always make comparisons.
 

Rushdie is a hostage.
 

Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work.
 

The future belongs to crowds.
 

The language of my books has shaped me as a man.
 

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it?
 

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
 

There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it.
 

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live.
 


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