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.

Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

The future belongs to crowds.

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

People will always make comparisons.

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

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.