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My mom was a screenwriter. I saw a lot of people who didnt seem very fulfilled creatively or otherwise by their roles in the motion picture industry.
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I have very mixed feelings about the movie business, and about Los Angeles in general.

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The 90s were the decade in which studio filmmaking became a much more purely corporatized process, when their crassness ceased to operate on such a relatively individual scale.

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The feature film business, the studio film business, feels to me like there's just nowhere else to go. It's like a record that's just skipping at the end, with the needle stuck in the run-out groove.

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Our need to identify with representative figures is something that never goes away. We still find those in novels. We find those in television. We find them in movies. We find them all over the place.

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My own sense is that fiction is inching its way over to join poetry on the cultural margin. It's an area of passionate concern for me, as for many people, but it's nowhere near as central to the culture as it used to be.

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You look at the absolute scorn that gets poured on a fallen celebrity, whether it's Tom Cruise or Lindsay Lohan or Marlon Brando, or Elvis when he got fat. They're not allowed the dignity of ordinary failure. And I think that plays into people's notions about Los Angeles, too. It's not allowed to be a regular city with problems.

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Sometimes it seems to me that the celebration of a person is really just a prelude to ridicule.

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I do have complicated feelings about Hollywood, but I also have tremendously affectionate ones.

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I don't feel like I'm self-conscious about what's next. I don't care. I know what it's like to be ignored, and I know what it's like not to be.

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Sacrificing one's life on the altar of literature is in some ways like sacrificing a goat to some malicious spirit. It's not always a humane or necessary decision.

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We go to literature because it shows us some set of humane values. It is showing us how to live.

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I thought, writing is everything, it's so much more important than this or that. If only I could give that young man a stern talking to. Having a child changes things quite a bit.

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Even though I think writers can sometimes thrive from being misread. It can give them something to push off of.

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I think writers can gain a lot of vitality from being misread.

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I've always found too that somewhere in whatever you've just written lies the seed of what you're going to write next.

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When I moved to SF in my early 20s, I loved it, but I was absolutely astonished to discover that people there hated L.A. I was just like why? Really? I had no idea.

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There was a moment when the Berlin Wall came down and some people felt, "Oh capitalism won. That's the ideology we can believe in now."

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During the 90s, I watched a lot of people getting fat and prosperous, and I thought, culture itself is the casualty of this.

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I sometimes get asked if I think about film stuff while I'm writing fiction, and the answer is, of course not.

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