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Im interested in reality but Im not interested in realism at all. Im interested in the ways that I think people want to relate.
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Lynne Tillman Quotes: There may be an art to conversation and
There may be an art to conversation, and some are better at it than others, but conversation's virtue lies in randomness and possibility: people, without a plan, could speak a spontaneous, unexpected truth, because revelation rules. Telling words recur in this smart, generous conversation between Stephen Andrews and Gregg Bordowitz: patience, responsibility, feminism, ethics, cosmology, AIDS, gift, freedom, mortality.

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Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead.

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I think it's true that unless human beings experience something, they simply don't understand what people are going through.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: I subject my sentences and the words to
I subject my sentences and the words to a kind of Grand Inquisition.

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In depression, you're flattened. Your energy level is gone. When I'm anxious, I tend to have more energy. But it depends on the nature of the anxiety. The anxiety to finish something would seem to be more productive than the anxiety that says, "You're feeling sick."

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I think it's very hard to reconcile oneself to the notion that it may not matter what you think if you still want to write.

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It's not the writer who determines how good she is anyway. Writers don't determine that. It's readers who determine that.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: I think many writers really believe that
I think many writers really believe that being published is a traumatic experience.

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A book coming out into the world can be a harsh, harsh time. And your feelings are on the line. Everything that publication is about is really not what your writing is about. Your writing is coming out of something else, and publication and being in the public are something else. And those of us who have published, in whatever way we're published, are very fortunate.

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It's true you have to screen out a lot living in the city. I stayed away from New York for a long time after college, and when I was first back, I'd read The Village Voice and feel like I was having a panic attack.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: When im choosing things theres a level
When I'm choosing things, there's a level of intelligence I want to peel off, whether it's written in terribly simple sentences, whether it's from the point of view of a dog, or a 15-year-old boy.

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Whatever the style is, I want to have a sense that the writer is thinking, and really trying to get at something, and that there's a sense of discovery as the writing goes along.

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My friends and I sometimes laugh at each other that there is so much maintenance of a body. I paid no attention when I was younger.

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You could say this word is better to use than that word, this sentence is good and that sentence isn't. But you don't determine the value of your work for other people.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: It wasnt that i wanted to be an artist
It wasn't that I wanted to be an artist. But when I took my first drawing class with the painter Doug Ohlson, I could never finish a drawing.

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I'm trying always to leave out what I think is extraneous. And to find what I think is the most wonderful language to make a beautiful sentence.

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Reading gave me great comfort and pleasure. When I started being able to write, around seven or eight, I wanted to be able to do that myself, to create that other world.

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You have to create the space for the possibility of people speaking as they do. If writing is supposed to lead us in any way or educate or suggest other ways of being, it can't do so by simply reflecting what's considered to be realistic.

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I like to invent the dialogue that I want to have heard.

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Writing and rewriting are the same thing to me. I don't believe what Allen Ginsberg said that "first thought, then - " I just don't believe that.

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I do think we think repetitively. It's so hard to get certain thoughts out of your head. If you're angry at a friend, you're going to keep going back to that conversation.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: People no matter the economic class find
People, no matter the economic class, find ways to feed their narcissism.

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People in the upper classes can just as easily be indifferent to their own body, or treat themselves as badly, as people who don't have the money. There are always differences among differences.

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I would never want to write a character who was not thoroughly herself or himself. She's a very specific creature in my mind, and she has her thoughts, which range from skin to American history, philosophy, and the arts.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: Im very interested in animal behavior
I'm very interested in animal behavior, and the relationship of human beings to other animal behavior.

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When something in a sequence is edited, if you repeat an image, but in a different place, the effect is different. Because the brain is remembering, and the different juxtaposition triggers other memories, thoughts, ideas, and so on.

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As a reader myself, which precedes my being a writer, of course, I read in order to enter another world.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: You learn to read in kindergarten or
You learn to read in kindergarten or first grade, and suddenly there's this other world that isn't your family or your school or your friends. It's something else.

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I don't think anybody says to Coetzee or Dostoyevsky or Kafka, "Your characters aren't likeable." It's not about your character winning a popularity contest. That's not the writer's job.

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[Reality] isn't simply the so-called world that you're in. Your reality is a much larger one that takes in all matter of identification and desires and hopes.

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I don't have the education of an art historian. I've certainly read about art and look at art and have educated myself to some extent. But I'm not a skilled or thorough art historian and I wouldn't call myself an art critic.

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Lynne Tillman Quotes: Now that i am conscious of the world of
Now that I am conscious of the world of chronic pain, when I see somebody walking down the street who's having trouble, I feel a sadness for them. I notice.

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In a practical sense, pain kept me from sitting down as much, so that sometimes I would have to stand to write. Not that I would necessarily have gotten anywhere anyway. But it definitely set me back to be in so much pain.

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Now that I'm an older woman, I'm so much more aware of the changes - almost too aware. I feel sorry for being so dismissive. You have to think about what you're thinking about and realize that you're thinking it.

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