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George Pelecanos Quotes

If the storytellers told it true, all stories would end in death.
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The thirst for knowledge is like a piece of ass you know you shouldn't chase; in the end, you chase it just the same.

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We get schooled by the people around us, and it stays inside us deep.

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You already been a punk. Least you can do is go out like a man. Then a dull popping sound and a quiet splash.

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The most popular American fiction seems to be about successful people who win, and good crime fiction typically does not explore that world. But honestly, if all crime fiction was quality fiction, it would be taken more seriously.

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I live in a blue-collar neighborhood, and if anyone knows what I do for a living, they don't seem to care.

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The worst kind of novel is one that blames other people for the racial problem in order to make the reader feel good about himself. As if it's only rich white people or Republicans or conservatives who have this disease.

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But when I do book signings and personal appearances, the audiences are mostly white. Growing up here, I expected that and understand it. Black audiences won't come out for a white writer for the most part. It really is just a fact of life.

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The reason some crime writers have a chip on their shoulder about the label is because their good books are shelved beside books about nuns and birdwatchers and cats who solve crimes. Overseas, my books are reviewed alongside those of authors like Robert Stone and Don DeLillo, and I have to live and die by that comparison. They don't ghettoize crime writers in other countries, and of course they shouldn't.

— George Pelecanos

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