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Dashiell Hammett (b. May 27) “I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

27 May

Dashiell Hammet

“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

~ Dashiell Hammett, b. 27 May 1894

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Jonathan Ames (b. March 23): “I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.”

23 Mar

Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964, is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! And The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive and that makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  5. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. March 6th): “Literature is nothing but carpentry…”

6 Mar

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“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.”

~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, b. 6 March 1927

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J.D. Salinger (b. January 1st): “I’m a paranoid in reverse…”

1 Jan

salinger“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”

~ J. D. Salinger, b. 1 January 1919

Timothy Findley (b. October 30): “Art was meant to be dangerous.”

30 Oct
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“Literature was intended to be dangerous. Art was meant to be dangerous. Ideas were nothing if they were not dangerous.”

“The writer cannot see the mass, as such, because the writer never looks to see the mass. The writer looks to see the parts, and the writer looks at every part and every person, each of them alone.”

Timothy Findley (born 30 October 1930, died 21 June 2002) was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He wrote 10 novels, a memoir, three collections of short stories, plays, and screenplays including the 1981 movie version of The Wars. He received numerous awards including the Officer of the Order of Canada.

 

Dashiell Hammett (b. May 27) “I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

27 May

Dashiell Hammet

“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”

~ Dashiell Hammett, b. 27 May 1894

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Jonathan Ames (b. March 23): “I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.”

23 Mar

Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964, is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! And The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive and that makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  5. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.
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