“I’m kind of bipolar in my acting choices because I just want to do a little bit of everything.”
~ Miley Cyrus, b. 23 November 1992
“My mother never breast fed me, she told me she only liked me as a friend.”
~ Rodney Dangerfield, b. 22 November 1921
Alan Annand is an astrologer and writer of crime fiction, including his New Age Noir series featuring astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, a criminal profiler whom one reviewer dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”
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Isaac Bashevis Singer (born 21 November 1902, died 24 July 1991) was a Polish-born Jewish-American author. He was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
Quotes on writing:
- The waste-paper basket is the writer’s best friend.
- When a writer tries to explain too much, he’s out of time before he begins.
- When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.
- A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises.
- Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking or his writing.
- Actually, the true story of a person’s life can never be written. It is beyond the power of literature. The full tale of any life would be both utterly boring and utterly unbelievable.
- Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.
- The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
- The storyteller and poet of our time, as in any other time, must be an entertainer of the spirit in the full sense of the word, not just a preacher of social or political ideals. There is no paradise for bored readers and no excuse for tedious literature that does not intrigue the reader, uplift him, give him the joy and the escape that true art always grants.
“Part of me is probably more conservative than people realise. I like my old string quartets, I don’t like music that’s trippy for trippy’s sake.”
~ Bjork, b. 21 November 1965
Don DeLillo, born 20 November 1936, is one of the most influential American writers of the past decades. He has received a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American Book Award (Underworld, 1998).
“First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger.
“The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often – completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere. But rarely for extended periods, for paragraphs and pages – I think poets must have more access to this state than novelists do.”
Quotes on writing:
- For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking.
- American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.
- I’ve come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
- Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That’s why so many of them are in jail.
- I’ve always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.
- The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
- Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.
- 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.
- Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some under-culture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.
- I think fiction comes from everything you’ve ever done, and said, and dreamed, and imagined. It comes from everything you’ve read and haven’t read. I think my work comes out of the culture of the world around me. I think that’s where my language comes from.
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
~ Robert F. Kennedy, b. 20 November 1925