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.
The use of music is to remind us how short a time we have a body.
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 thing that makes reading and writing suspect in the eyes of the market economy is that it's not corrupted.
The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning.
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.
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.
Only white men have the luxury of ignoring race.
The 'information novel' shouldn't be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.
Everything interests me.
We don't consider the roles that we're taking in making the world the way it is.
I like to travel and connect.
Until I was 42, I could fit everything that I owned into two suitcases.
In 25 years of writing novels, I've never had anything that felt like writer's block.
Type a few lines of code, you create an organism.
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.
My goal for technology has always been to reach a point where the technological mediation becomes invisible.
The Midwest is such a tabula rasa.
I would say the flip side to my fascination with systems is a fascination with components. So many of my books are dialogues between little and big.
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