My ribs ache from all the texts I'll never make time for.

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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We live through life, but we live through art, too. And in art, as in life, nothing is generalized. No one thing is a copy of the next. Everything is individual.

Lewis Robinson's first novel, 'Water Dogs,' is stuffed with snow. Open practically any page of this book, and crystals will shake out.

I studied history and English in college, got a master's in writing, but I was always sort of an autodidact in science.

When I was a boy, all the books I owned fit on a single shelf. Now I have several thousand stacked around the house.

I grew up in Cleveland, so my heart got attached at a young age to the freight train of sadness that is Cleveland sports.

Supposedly, some writers work in rowdy coffee shops or compose whole novels to Megadeth, but when I write, I wear a pair of chainsaw operator's earmuffs.

Without always meaning to, I write really long short stories, 60-pagers, 90-pagers, pieces of fiction that are too long for all but the bravest magazines to print, and too short for all but the bravest book publishers to publish.

I subscribe to the theory that reading a book is similar to walking a trail, and I'm most comfortable walking when I can see where I'm going and where I've been. When I'm reading a printed book, the weight of the pages I've turned gives me a sense of how far I've come.

I feel like you are allowed in fiction to embrace imagination and try to enter other worlds. And I feel like you should push yourself to try to persuade your reader that you have the authority to engage with people who, you know, lived in the past, who live in the future, other genders, other places, other cultures.

Every artist wants an audience, and it's incredible to me how books take on a life of their own and reach people whom you could never meet. That's what got me interested in writing in the first place.

Gold and diamonds are nice, but clean, crisp, controlled water has long been the preeminent hallmark of the rich.

I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.

That's the power of fiction, that it can take the collective and make it personal.

I always told my dad I'd play professional football.