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"My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That's no length for a short story to be. You either do them short like Carver or you stop trying."
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"All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain, to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel lies."
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"Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied."
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"I never attended a creative writing class in my life. I have a horror of them; most writers groups moonlight as support groups for the kind of people who think that writing is therapeutic. Writing is the exact opposite of therapy."
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"When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility."
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"I think of reading like a balanced diet; if your sentences are too baggy, too baroque, cut back on fatty Foster Wallace, say, and pick up Kafka as roughage."
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"I noticed in America that if you write a book of any kind, you're made to be the representative of all the issues that might surround it."
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"I want to write without shame or pride or over-compensation in one direction or another. To write freely."
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"My life is black and white and mixed. My mother's a Rastafarian, my dad was a short white guy - it's not an affectation. It's also the lives of millions of people throughout the world."
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"I wrote 'White Teeth' in the late nineties. I didn't really feel trepidatious about it. It was a different time."
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