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Amy Hempel Quotes

In my head theres a broken balcony I fall off of when I speak.
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Then the children went to bed, or at least went upstairs, and the men joined the women for a cigarette on the porch, absently picking ticks engorged like grapes off the sleeping dogs. And when the men kissed the women good night, and their weekend whiskers scratched the women's cheeks, the women did not think shave, they thought stay.

— Amy Hempel

I would like to go for a ride with you, have you take me to stand before a river in the dark where hundreds of lightning bugs blink this code in sequence: right here, nowhere else! Right now, never again!

— Amy Hempel

I think you would like Warren. He drinks Courvoisier in a Coke can, and has a laugh like you'd find in a cartoon bubble.

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It was like that class at school where the teacher talks about Realization, about how you could realize something big in a commonplace thing. The example he gave
and the liar said it really happened
was that once while drinking orange juice, he'd realized he would be dead someday. He wondered if we, his students, had had similar 'realizations.'
Is he kidding? I thought.
Once I cashed a paycheck and I realized it wasn't enough.
Once I had food poisoning, and realized I was trapped inside my body.

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There's so much I can't read because I get so exasperated. Someone starts describing the character boarding the plane and pulling the seat back. And I just want to say, Babe, I have been downtown. I have been up in a plane. Give me some credit.

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And I see that not touching for so long was a drive to the beach with the windows rolled up so the waves feel that much colder.

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The neighborhood drug dealer kicks out his wife. He moves in a girlfriend and the wife finds out. The wife lets herself back into the house and steals a hundred thousand dollars that the drug dealer can't report missing. The drug dealer's wife goes to India, where she sends her husband a cable: The people here are poor so I gave them all your money.

— Amy Hempel

I believe that 99 percent of what anyone does can effectively be postponed.

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When she sees him, Holly says, it's like the sunsets at the beach
once the sun drops, the sand chills quickly. Then it's like a lot of times that were good ten minutes ago and don't count now.

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I'm not good at small talk; I'm not good at big talk; and medium talk just doesn't come up.

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When the beer is gone, so are they
flexing their cars on up the boulevard.

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A love affair begins with a fantasy. For instance, that the beloved will always be there.

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For peace of mind, I will lie about any thing at any time.

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I assemble stories-me and a hundred million other people-at the sentence level. Not by coming up with a sweeping story line.

— Amy Hempel

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