Jennifer Egan Quotes

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Read at the level at which you want to write. Reading is the nourishment that feeds the kind of writing you want to do. -Jennifer Egan
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So I feel that lack of qualification. And I'm scared. And I have a tendency to think things may not/probably won't work out. That's my basic mindset. -Jennifer Egan
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[I]t may be that a crowd at a particular moment of history creates the object to justify its gathering. -Jennifer Egan
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That's what death is, Danny thought: wanting to talk to someone and not being able to. -Jennifer Egan
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It's finished. Everything went past, without me. -Jennifer Egan
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our familiar features rinsed in weird adulthood. -Jennifer Egan
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I can't tell if she's actually real, or if she's stopped caring if she's real or not. Or is not caring what makes a person real? -Jennifer Egan
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Vinegar: that's what fear smells like. -Jennifer Egan
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I think ethical ambivalence is a kind of innoculation, a way of excusing yourself in advance for something you actually want to do. No offense. -Jennifer Egan
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The world is full of shitheads, Rhea. Don't listen to them-listen to me. And I know that Lou is one of those shitheads. But I listen. -Jennifer Egan
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She'd risked everything, and here was the result: the raw, warped core of her life. -Jennifer Egan
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Jules turned to her, incredulous. 'Do you socialize with Republicans?'
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Now that Scotty has entered the realm of myth, everyone wants to own him. And maybe they should. Doesn't a myth belong to everyone? -Jennifer Egan
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I guess it's always romantic when two people fall in love... Even if it turns out not to be real. -Jennifer Egan
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Yet each disappointment Ted felt in his wife, each incremental deflation, was accompanied by a seizure of guilt; many years ago, he had taken the passion he felt for Susan and folded it in half, so he no longer had a drowning, helpless feeling when he glimpsed her beside him in bed: her ropy arms and soft, generous ass. Then he'd folded it in half again, so when he felt desire for Susan, it no longer brought with it an edgy terror of never being satisfied. Then in half again, so that feeling desire entailed no immediate need to act. Then in half again, so he hardly felt it. His desire was so small in the end that Ted could slip it inside his desk or a pocket and forget about it, and this gave him a feeling of safety and accomplishment, of having dismantled a perilous apparatus that might have crushed them both. Susan was baffled at first, then distraught; she'd hit him twice across the face; she'd run from the house in a thunderstorm and slept at a motel; she'd wrestled Ted to the bedroom floor in a pair of black crotchless underpants. But eventually a sort of amnesia had overtaken Susan; her rebellion and hurt had melted away, deliquesced into a sweet, eternal sunniness that was terrible in the way that life would be terrible, Ted supposed, without death to give it gravitas and shape. He'd presumed at first that her relentless cheer was mocking, another phase in her rebellion, until it came to him that Susan had forgotten how things were between them before Ted began to fold up his desire; she'd forgotten and was happy - had never not been happy - and while all of this bolstered his awe at the gymnastic adaptability of the human mind, it also made him feel that his wife had been brainwashed. By him.

Jennifer Egan
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This is the music business. 'Five years is five hundred years' - your words. -Jennifer Egan
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I haven't had writer's block. I think it's because my process involves writing very badly. -Jennifer Egan
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Sure, everything is ending,
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You can do it alone. But it's going to be so much harder. -Jennifer Egan
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It was the hat. He looked sweet in the hat. How could a man in a fuzzy blue hat have used human bones to pave his roads? -Jennifer Egan
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Rich children are always blond, Jocelyn goes. It has to do with vitamins. -Jennifer Egan
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