Dystopian Author Quotes

May 4, 2020
I don't paint anymore. I haven't since I abandoned it at 19, in order to begin writing seriously.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#81

Jonathan Lethem I don’t paint anymore. I haven’t since I abandoned it at 19, in order to begin writing seriously.
May 4, 2020
I can't bear the silent ringing in my skull.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#80

Jonathan Lethem I can’t bear the silent ringing in my skull.
May 4, 2020
You don't have the slightest idea of what it means to write a scene and a character in the English language, with images and words chock full of received meaning.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#79

Jonathan Lethem You don’t have the slightest idea of what it means to write a scene and a character in the English language, with images and […]
May 4, 2020
Writing is a private discipline, in a field of companions.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#78

Jonathan Lethem Writing is a private discipline, in a field of companions.
May 4, 2020
It's now expected of me that I will defy expectation, so I really generally seem to be free to write what I want.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#77

Jonathan Lethem It’s now expected of me that I will defy expectation, so I really generally seem to be free to write what I want.
May 4, 2020
I've just finished reading Reality Hunger and I'm lit up by it-astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed. . . . It really is an urgent book: a piece of art-making itself, a sublime, exciting, outrageous, visionary volume.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#76

Jonathan Lethem I’ve just finished reading Reality Hunger and I’m lit up by it-astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed. . . . It really is an urgent book: […]
May 4, 2020
Reading and writing are the same thing; it's just one's the more active and the other's the more passive. They flow into each other.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#75

Jonathan Lethem Reading and writing are the same thing; it’s just one’s the more active and the other’s the more passive. They flow into each other.
May 4, 2020
No matter how enormous a novel may become, the physical act of reading determines that there's no way it can become a communal experience. To read is intimate. It's almost masturbatory.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#74

Jonathan Lethem No matter how enormous a novel may become, the physical act of reading determines that there’s no way it can become a communal experience. […]
May 4, 2020
Poetry is supposed to be musical. But people don't understand prose. They're so used to reading journalism - clunky, functional sentences that convey factual information - facts, more than just the surfaces of things.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#73

Jonathan Lethem Poetry is supposed to be musical. But people don’t understand prose. They’re so used to reading journalism – clunky, functional sentences that convey factual […]