Don Delillo Quotes

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i-watch-movies-occasionally-and-i-watch-documentaries-virtually-nothing-else
i-felt-joyce-was-an-influence-on-my-fiction-but-in-a-very-general-way-as-a-kind-of-inspiration-and-a-model-for-the-beauty-of-language
i-slept-for-four-years-i-didnt-study-much-of-anything-i-majored-in-something-called-communication-arts
theres-always-a-period-of-curious-fear-between-the-first-sweetsmelling-breeze-and-the-time-when-the-rain-comes-cracking-down
you-need-to-know-things-the-others-dont-know-its-what-no-one-knows-about-you-that-allows-you-to-know-yourself
you-gave-yourself-away-word-by-word-every-time-you-opened-your-trap-to-speak-don-delillo
fear-is-selfawareness-raised-to-higher-level-don-delillo
look-past-violence-there-is-wonderful-brimming-spirit-innocence-fun-don-delillo
you-live-in-tower-that-soars-to-heaven-goes-unpunished-by-god-don-delillo
everything-ive-stated-may-prove-to-be-total-poppycock-perhaps-time-will-tell-perhaps-time-will-do-nothing-kind-don-delillo
do-people-still-shoot-at-presidents-i-thought-there-were-more-stimulating-targets-20-don-delillo
theres-never-dearth-reasons-to-shoot-at-president-don-delillo
everything-that-goes-on-in-your-whole-life-is-result-molecules-rushing-around-somewhere-in-your-brain-don-delillo
the-true-life-is-not-reducible-to-words-spoken-written-not-by-anyone-ever-don-delillo
the-term-itselfmy-lifeis-desperate-overstatement-don-delillo
i-dont-want-your-candor-i-want-your-soul-in-silver-thimble-don-delillo
the-less-important-you-are-in-office-more-they-expect-happy-smile-don-delillo
it-was-important-for-him-to-believe-that-hed-spent-his-life-among-people-who-kept-missing-point-don-delillo
ive-got-death-inside-me-its-just-question-whether-not-i-can-outlive-it-don-delillo
doesnt-our-knowledge-death-make-life-more-precious-what-good-is-preciousness-based-on-fear-anxiety-its-anxious-quivering-thing-don-delillo
what-we-are-reluctant-to-touch-often-seems-fabric-our-salvation-don-delillo
We drove 22 miles into the country around Farmington. There were meadows and apple orchards. White fences trailed through the rolling fields. Soon the sign started appearing. THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA. We counted five signs before we reached the site. There were 40 cars and a tour bus in the makeshift lot. We walked along a cowpath to the slightly elevated spot set aside for viewing and photographing. All the people had cameras; some had tripods, telephoto lenses, filter kits. A man in a booth sold postcards and slides - pictures of the barn taken from the elevated spot. We stood near a grove of trees and watched the photographers. Murray maintained a prolonged silence, occasionally scrawling some notes in a little book. "No one sees the barn, " he said finally. A long silence followed. "Once you've seen the signs about the barn, it becomes impossible to see the barn." He fell silent once more. People with cameras left the elevated site, replaced by others. We're not here to capture an image, we're here to maintain one. Every photograph reinforces the aura. Can you feel it, Jack? An accumulation of nameless energies." There was an extended silence. The man in the booth sold postcards and slides. "Being here is a kind of spiritual surrender. We see only what the others see. The thousands who were here in the past, those who will come in the future. We've agreed to be part of a collective perception. It literally colors our vision. A religious experience in a way, like all tourism." Another silence ensued. "They are taking pictures of taking pictures, " he said.

Don DeLillo
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california-deserves-whatever-it-gets-californians-invented-concept-lifestyle-this-alone-warrants-their-doom-don-delillo
you-shout-because-it-makes-you-brave-you-want-to-announce-your-recklessness-don-delillo
brilliant-people-never-think-lives-they-smash-being-brilliant-don-delillo
i-have-only-bare-working-knowledge-human-brain-but-its-enough-to-make-me-proud-to-be-american-don-delillo
time-death-its-ultimate-vision-artist-at-end-everything-its-just-whats-there-it-was-not-something-i-planned-to-do-don-delillo
what-you-see-is-not-what-wee-se-what-you-see-is-distracted-by-memory-by-being-who-you-are-all-this-time-for-all-these-years-don-delillo
there-are-dead-stars-that-still-shine-because-their-light-is-trapped-in-time-where-do-i-stand-in-this-light-which-does-not-strictly-exist-don-delillo
god-made-big-people-and-god-made-little-people-but-colt-made-45-to-even-things-up-don-delillo
Within sixty-minute limits or one-hundred-yard limits or the limits of a game board, we can look for perfect moments or perfect structures. In my fiction I think this search sometimes turns out to be a cruel delusion. No optimism, no pessimism. No homesickness for lost values or for the way fiction used to be written. Everybody seems to know everything. Subjects surface and are totally exhausted in a matter of days or weeks, totally played out by the publishing industry and the broadcast industry. Nothing is too arcane to escape the treatment, the process. Making things difficult for the reader is less an attack on the reader than it is on the age and its facile knowledge-market. The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government. There are so many temptations for American writers to become part of the system and part of the structure that now, more than ever, we have to resist. American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail. Some people prefer to believe in conspiracy because they are made anxious by random acts. Believing in conspiracy is almost comforting because, in a sense, a conspiracy is a story we tell each other to ward off the dread of chaotic and random acts. Conspiracy offers coherence. I see contemporary violence as a kind of sardonic response to the promise of consumer fulfillment in America... I see this desperation against the backdrop of brightly colored packages and products and consumer happiness and every promise that American life makes day by day and minute by minute everywhere we go. Discarded pages mark the physical dimensions of a writer's labor. Film allows us to examine ourselves in ways earlier societies could not-examine ourselves, imitate ourselves, extend ourselves, reshape our reality. It permeates our lives, this double vision, and also detaches us, turns some of us into actors doing walk-throughs. Every new novel stretches the term of the contract-let me live long enough to do one more book. You become a serious novelist by living long enough.

Don DeLillo
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of-course-you-know-youre-brilliant-everyone-says-what-else-can-they-say-i-do-neurochemistry-no-one-knows-what-that-is-don-delillo
when-birds-look-into-houses-what-impossible-worlds-they-see-don-delillo
as-technology-advances-in-complexity-scope-fear-becomes-more-primitive-don-delillo
you-could-put-your-faith-in-technology-it-got-you-here-it-can-get-you-out-murray-wn-285-don-delillo
everything-was-on-television-last-night-don-delillo
he-was-regulator-firstclass-which-was-another-term-for-metalworker-unskilled-don-delillo
i-like-simple-men-complicated-women-don-delillo
how-i-would-enjoy-being-told-novel-is-dead-how-liberating-to-work-in-margins-outside-central-perception-you-are-ghoul-literature-don-delillo
lets-enjoy-these-aimless-days-while-we-cam-i-told-myself-fearing-some-kind-deft-acceleration-don-delillo
im-completely-aware-matisse-what-he-said-that-painters-must-begin-by-cutting-out-their-tongues-don-delillo
eye-contact-was-delicate-matter-a-quarter-second-shared-glance-was-violation-agreements-that-made-city-operational-don-delillo
the-love-minds-should-last-beyond-lives-don-delillo
only-absences-were-fully-shared-don-delillo
i-used-to-think-it-was-possible-for-artist-to-alter-inner-life-culture-now-bombmakers-gunmen-have-taken-that-territory-don-delillo
too-young-for-korea-too-old-for-vietnam-don-delillo
when-writer-doesnt-show-his-face-he-becomes-local-symptom-gods-famous-reluctance-to-appear-don-delillo
a-writer-takes-earnest-measures-to-secure-his-solitude-then-finds-endless-ways-to-squander-it-don-delillo
the-family-is-cradle-worlds-misinformation-don-delillo
And you can glance out the window for a moment, distracted by the sound of small kids playing a made-up game in a neighbor's yard, some kind of kickball maybe, and they speak in your voice, or piggyback races on the weedy lawn, and it's your voice you hear, essentially, under the glimmerglass sky, and you look at the things in the room, offscreen, unwebbed, the tissued grain of the deskwood alive in light, the thick lived tenor of things, the argument of things to be seen and eaten, the apple core going sepia in the lunch tray, and the dense measures of experience in a random glance, the monk's candle reflected in the slope of the phone, hours marked in Roman numerals, and the glaze of the wax, and the curl of the braided wick, and the chipped rim of the mug that holds your yellow pencils, skewed all crazy, and the plied lives of the simplest surface, the slabbed butter melting on the crumbled bun, and the yellow of the yellow of the pencils, and you try to imagine the word on the screen becoming a thing in the world, taking all its meanings, its sense of serenities and contentments out into the streets somehow, its whisper of reconciliation, a word extending itself ever outward, the tone of agreement or treaty, the tone of repose, the sense of mollifying silence, the tone of hail and farewell, a word that carries the sunlit ardor of an object deep in drenching noon, the argument of binding touch, but it's only a sequence of pulses on a dullish screen and all it can do is make you pensive-a word that spreads a longing through the raw sprawl of the city and out across the dreaming bournes and orchards to the solitary hills. Peace.

Don DeLillo
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