David Guterson Quotes

35 David Guterson quotes:

"Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need."
"Don Quixote is one that comes to mind in comparison to mine, in that they both involve journeys undertaken by older men. That is unusual, because generally the hero of a journey story is very young."
"Even though I may not intend it when I set out to write the book, these places just emerge as major players in what I'm doing, almost as if they are insisting on it."
"Everybody has a world, and that world is completely hidden until we begin to inquire. As soon as we do, that entire world opens to us and yields itself. And you see how full and complex it is."
"Fiction is socially meaningful."
"I became paralyzed as an artist with writer's block."
"I grew up in Seattle, but I always knew I wanted to leave."
"I have relaxed into my persona as an author, although I used to fight that."
"The real question is: How do you react? What do you do next? Evade responsibilities? Bury yourself in work? What do you do? All three of my novels take up that question, although none gives an answer."
"There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left."
"Hemingway said the only way to write about a place is to leave it."
"Post-modernism is dead because it didn't address human needs."
"The sense that this world is an illusion, that desire is the root of suffering, the awareness of cause and effect-I have a great respect for all that."
"Time made me change. I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am, an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study, tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't have a role to play beyond stringing words together."
"At one level you're condemned to the voice you have. But within those confines, you have a certain amount of freedom to range among your possible voices."
"I have traveled the entire state and spent a lot of time out of doors. So I have known the landscape of the Columbia Basin for quite a while, and I have had this strong feeling about it for many years."
"I often heard about his cases and I often sat in on his trials. In the late 1960s when I was growing up I wanted to be a crusader like him but I didn't want to wear a suit and commute."
"I think of myself as a really happy person."
"I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer."
"I was aware that there is an expectation that writers inevitably falter at this stage, that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book, that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did. It simply increased my sense of being challenged."

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