Everybody's weird, fundamentally everybody is a snap. Sometimes it's a sexual thing and sometimes it's a different kind of weirdness, but one way or another everybody's nuts.
I haven't got anything against cats. I haven't got anything against elk either, but that doesn't mean I'm going to keep one in the store so I'll have a place to hang my hat.
Dangerous thing, giving humanity the knowledge of good and evil. And the capacity to make the wrong choice more often than not.
The short story, I should point out, is perforce a labor of love in today's literary world; there's precious little economic incentive to write one...
I wouldn't presume to define noir - if we could define it, we wouldn't need to use a French word for it - but it seems to me it's more a way of looking at the world than what one sees.
One aspect of serendipity to bear in mind is that you have to be looking for something in order to find something else.
Asking me why I did or didn't do anything is generally pointless. How do I know? And asking me what I'll do in the future is even less rewarding.
I’ve always essentially been a New Yorker,
Booze and tobacco and lots of sex. It keeps a lad young.
To say I drank my way into marriage isn't much of an exaggeration, and it's none at all to say I drank my way out of it.
New York is an ugly city, a dirty city... But there is one thing about it. Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.
If you build a better mousetrap, Nature will build a better mouse.
My mother's father was from Sligo, and he used to say it was the hardest thing in the world to find a man alive in Dublin who wasn't in the GPO during the Easter Rising. Twenty brave men marched into that post office, he said, and thirty thousand marched out.
As a friend of mine, herself a writer, says, 'People who spend the most meaningful hours of their lives in the exclusive company of imaginary people are apt to be a little strange'
If fate sends you a lemon, use it to make lemonade.
I’ve tried writing and the sentences come out fine, but I write a few pages and I don’t want to go on.
I think persistence in the face of adversity is an essential part of a writer’s job description. If you don’t care enough about it to avoid being easily disheartened that way, you really should be doing something else.
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