Miscellaneous remarks, new and old

  • Kurt Vonnegut: “[I]nk on paper is no way to tell a story anymore. Film and movies are the best way to tell a story today.”
  • Dorothy Allison: “I had been worrying about the movie [version of Bastard Out of Carolina] the way a novelist worries, which is about which parts of the story were they going to cut out…. I hadn’t registered that they were going to do it well enough that it was going to feel to me and smell to me like my childhood — and make me want to go out in the yard and throw up.”
  • Arthur C. Clarke: “A perceptive cartoon appeared in an Indian magazine some years ago. It showed an old man with a walking stick and bowl in hand. Facing him was a young man carrying a lap-top, mobile phone and mobile satellite station on his backpack, who was saying: ‘No, I have no idea where your next meal is going to come from.'”
  • Jonathan Lethem: “When ‘realism’ is esteemed over other kinds of literary methods, you’re no longer in a literary-critical conversation; you’ve entered a displaced conversation about class.”
  • Donna Tartt: “It’s a writer’s business, now, to work at the edges of narrative and different kinds of experience, which is just as legitimate but not as stylized and ritualized as the kinds of things we all have been used to for many, many years.”


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