There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it.

There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.

We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.

For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking.

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.

I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.

I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working on the script that this is only the beginning. What will happen when it moves into three dimensions?

When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery.

A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain.

People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.

America was and is the immigrant's dream.

I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.

Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live.

I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs.

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.

One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language.

True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to.

Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.

Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but b

I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition of words-not just how they sound or what they mean, but even what they look like.

I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.

I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it?

It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain.

Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work.

Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture.

The future belongs to crowds.

May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan.

People will always make comparisons.

In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic.

The language of my books has shaped me as a man.

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely.

In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act.

There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President.

I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts.

Hardship makes the world obscure.

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.

I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood.

I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation.

Rushdie is a hostage.

I saw a photograph of a wedding conducted by Reverend Moon of the Unification Church. I wanted to understand this event, and the only way to understand it was to write about it.