Dystopian Author Quotes

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 […]
May 4, 2020
The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography, but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind of insane collage of fragments of memory.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#72

Jonathan Lethem The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography, but the trick is that on any other level it’s a kind of insane collage […]
May 4, 2020
I met someone who lives in an elevator.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#71

Jonathan Lethem I met someone who lives in an elevator.
May 4, 2020
When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor. Materially, not much changed.

Jonathan Lethem Dystopian Author Quotes#70

Jonathan Lethem When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were […]