What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states.
Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.
Reading is the last act of secular prayer.
Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery.
I'd like, each time out as a writer, to reinvent who I am and what I'm doing. That's one of the great pleasures and rewards of the occupation.
All we can ever do is lay a word in the hands of those who have put one in ours.
The job of taste was to thin the insane torrent of human creativity down to manageable levels. But the job of appetite was never to be happy with taste.
The use of music is to remind us how short a time we have a body.
If you're going to immerse yourself in a project for three years, why not stake out a chunk of the world that is completely alien to you and go traveling?
Evil is the refusal to see one's self in others.
Until I was 42, I could fit everything that I owned into two suitcases.
I like to travel and connect.
Everything interests me.
Only white men have the luxury of ignoring race.
I think that if the novel's task is to describe where we find ourselves and how we live now, the novelist must take a good, hard look at the most central facts of contemporary life - technology and science.
This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world.
The 'information novel' shouldn't be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.
In 25 years of writing novels, I've never had anything that felt like writer's block.
My dream has always been to suspend myself in space when I write, and lying horizontal in bed is the closest to doing that.
We don't consider the roles that we're taking in making the world the way it is.
Out of grad school, I worked as a tech writer for a while before going into computer coding for a living.
When you're sure of what you're looking at, look harder.
The thing that makes reading and writing suspect in the eyes of the market economy is that it's not corrupted.
Type a few lines of code, you create an organism.
My goal for technology has always been to reach a point where the technological mediation becomes invisible.
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