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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.
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.
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.
I’ve come to learn that the determined and gifted and genuine sociopath has far more power to deceive than we realize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s how adaptation works – almost 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.
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.
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.
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.
My primary ambition is to be a fiction writer… Being a critic wasn’t an aspiration of mine.