Top 50 Walter Kirn Quotes

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Size matters in fiction, but so does lack of size. Ever
Size matters in fiction, but so does lack of size. Everything else being equal, fat novels tend to be perceived as serious, very thin ones as more honest, more real. Writers address these age-old expectations by filling their big books with philosophy and cramming their little ones with feeling.

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Every generation looks at literature through the lens of their own experience, but with the Bible, everyone gets apprehensive and thinks it’ll be too stuffy.

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I’d assumed that a deal was a deal when Princeton admitted me, but I was wrong. The price of getting in – to the university itself, and to the great world it promised to open up – was an endless dunning for nebulous services that weren’t included in the initial quote.

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I review books as a day job, and through the years I’ve come to view the contemporary memoir as, almost always, a saga of victimization, sometimes by others, sometimes by the self, and sometimes by illness or misfortune, leading, like clockwork, to healing and redemption.

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Writing about the future and the past is less a way of dramatizing change than of showing, by way of contrast, what abides.

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What is it in people, or just in people like me, that would rather let a lie go by, would rather wish it away or minimize it, than point it out and cause the liar embarrassment?

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In a world that’s smarter than it used to be and, in some ways, smarter than it ought to be, stupidity has a way of making us seem all the more human.

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The room-service Caesar salads with soggy croutons, the distant relatives who show up at readings pitching weird, far-fetched investment schemes, the fans who have you sign a book to ‘Cathy’ and then tell you, ‘No, it’s Kathy with a K’ – it gets challenging after a while. It tests your stamina.

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To young people born under the weird planet of the SAT, intelligence was equated with agility, with raw acuity. It produced a certain sort of person of which I was a typical specimen: the mental contortionist, able to rise to almost every challenge placed before him, except the challenge of real self-knowledge.

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My mother used to push ‘Wuthering Heights‘ on me as a boy, and I sensed from her breathy description of the story that it would make me laugh. I have no plans to find out if this is true.

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The strange anthropological lesson of social media is that human beings, if given a choice, often prefer to socialize alone.

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The success that Americans are said to worship is success of a specific sort: accomplished not through hard work, primarily, but through the ingenious angle, the big break. Sit down at a lunch counter, stand back up a star. Invest in a new issue and watch it soar. Split a single atom, win a war.

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God is a freaking character, with enough foibles, tantrums, and paradoxical behaviors to supply a thousand screenplays. But who do you cast?

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I’ve come to learn that the determined and gifted and genuine sociopath has far more power to deceive than we realize.

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Size has nothing to do with literature. All legs are long enough to touch the ground, and all books are big enough to fill their covers.

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Realize that the game of life is the game of, to some extent, being taken advantage of by people who make a science of it. Whether they are in government or personal life or in business, they’re everywhere.

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There are two sides to me. One is the writer. That’s a savage person who looks at everything as a story and, you know, wants to use real life in his books. The other part is the Midwesterner, who, you know, wants to say nice things about people and be polite.

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Let the novelists fret about consistency – story writers should feel free to jam; to get things right in new, surprising ways by allowing themselves, now and then, to get things wrong.

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I say ‘here’s the thing’ a lot, both to alert people that I’m about to say something important and to give myself a moment to figure out what that important thing might be, because my head is so often completely empty.

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Truth is stranger than nonfiction. And life is too interesting to be left to journalists. People have stories, but journalists have ‘takes,’ and it’s their takes that usually win out when the stories are too complicated or, as happens, not complicated enough.

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The least sexy city is Los Angeles. And it poses as the most sexy. As you grow up, L.A. is being sold to you as home of the bikini-clad party girls. And then you get there, and it’s full of very goal-oriented, yoga-obsessed careerists.

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You have plausible deniability, as they say in politics, as an author with movies. Because if the movie is terrible, you simply say they failed to catch the genius of the book.

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I grew up in a little town in Minnesota, 500 people. I went out to Princeton, and I wasn’t very well-accepted out there by the fancy folks of Princeton University, I felt. I came away bruised and feeling rejected.

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Statistics on the dangers guns pose to the health of their owners and those who live with them suggest that I’d be safer selling my guns than reserving them for ‘Tombstone II.’

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Cross the wrong state border with your gun, or wake up one morning to new legislation or a new presidential executive order, and suddenly you’re the bad guy, not the good guy. No wonder some gun owners seem so touchy; they feel, at some level, like criminals in waiting.

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I love reference books, especially collections of memorable quotations, world almanacs, and atlases. Facts to me are like candy or popcorn, small, tasty delights, and I like to gorge on them now and then.

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We want to believe that we’re invulnerable, and that people who get tricked deserve it. Well, they don’t. And someday the arrogant types who mock the gullible are likely to get their turn to wear the dunce cap.

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One of the saddest things about publishing is how quickly it ages what it touches. The frenzy involved in getting books on shelves, and in putting the word out that they’re there, moves at a speed that is not the speed of writing, let alone of reading.

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Yes, in the commercial world there’s room for both McDonald‘s and Whole Foods, but in the realm of politics, we’re told, it’s either Filet-o-Fish or line-caught salmon: only one can prevail – and which is up to you.

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A sociopath doesn’t warm up their environment, doesn’t make it cozy. They don’t have to; when they’re not performing, when they’re not manipulating, when they’re all alone, there’s nothing.

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Nothing is less suspenseful than a threat that threatens the maker of the threat at least as much as the subject of the threat. Congress hasn’t learned this yet, but America has learned it over and over.

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Here’s how adaptation worksalmost everything in the movie is in the book in some form. But it’s as though the deck has been completely reshuffled and some of the cards have been assigned different values, some of the fours have been made into jacks, and some of the jacks have been made into twos.

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The Bible has been through millions of rounds of exegesis and interpretation, but it hasn’t been until quite recently that it’s been taken as the absolute truth, to the point where people expect it to inform ideas about biology and life on this planet.

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On the Web, we can be whoever we wish to be, editing the face we show to others in ways that aren’t possible in physical space. We can also fine-tune the complexity and depth of our interactions and relationships.

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Ask Jeeves! Who ever used that thing? College freshmen to find out who Goethe was – that’s it.

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Literary dementia seems dated now, but there was a time when a month in the funny farm was as de rigueur for budding writers as an M.F.A. is now. To be sent away was a badge of honor; to undergo electroshock, a glorious martyrdom.

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We’re on Twitter with one side of our personality, and Facebook with another, and LinkedIn with another side of our personality, and we’re toggling between them. That’s just a version of what an impostor does: shifting from one side of their personality to another with lightning speed.

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I have very specific advice for aspiring writers: go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests.

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If the future, as imagined in literature, is really the present taken to extremes, then the past is also the present, but boiled down.

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The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away.

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I’m a magpie in my fiction, taking whatever looks shiny and curious to line the nest of my story.

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Once you realize just the sort of glut of books that exists out there, it does become incumbent on you not to add to it unless you have a damn good reason.

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The future of time, of how it’s won or lost, endured or enjoyed, expanded or compressed, will depend on how it’s valued, not how it’s measured.

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In fourth grade, I learned that reading was serious business, not just a pleasant way to pass the time, and that like medicine or engineering, it had a definite, valuable purpose: to fostercomprehension.’

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A writer who isn’t writing is asking for trouble.

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When I shoot at the range, I don’t feel personally powerful but like the custodian of something powerful. I feel like a successful disciplinarian of something radically alien and potent. Analyze this sensation all you want; you still can’t make it go away.

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A loving mother-son relationship is always a plot or outwitting of some kind. ‘Don’t tell anyone, but…’ my mother was always saying to me – when I wasn’t saying it to her.

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People can be so neglectful of each other and of their own heritage – then death intrudes. Conversations we wish that we’d had earlier are had too late.

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I’ve been aroundhaving gone to Princeton, and I went to Oxford after that – some pretty fancy characters in my life. And they’re just as nutty as the rest of us – sometimes worse.

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My primary ambition is to be a fiction writer… Being a critic wasn’t an aspiration of mine.

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