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Richard Russo Quotes


34 Richard Russo quotes:



"A lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge. They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong, take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing."
"I have to have a character worth caring about. I tend not to start writing books about people I don't have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long."
"I think it would be harder for me not to write comedy because the comic view of things is the one that comes most naturally to me."
"I want that which is hilarious and that which is heartbreaking to occupy the same territory in the book because I think they very often occupy the same territory in life, much as we try to separate them."
"I'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out. It was a rare movie."
"It's no secret that in my books I'm trying to make the comic and the serious rub up against each other just as closely and uncomfortably as I can."
"Movies have to handle time very efficiently. They're about stringing scenes together in the present. Novels aren't necessarily about that."
"My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination."
"People often ask me how I make things funny. I don't make things funny."
"Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it."
"Usually by the time I finish a book tour I've just about had it with the book."
"When I start getting close to the end of a novel, something registers in the back of my mind for the next novel, so that I usually don't write, or take notes. And I certainly don't begin. I just allow things to percolate for a while."
"By ignoring a lot of American culture you can write more interesting stories. Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is, you'd be writing about a lot of people sitting in front of television sets."
"If my career continues along its current arc, people will probably look at me and see a writer who is obsessed with the relationship between rich and poor and with how the rich somehow or other always manage to betray the poor, even when they don't mean to."
"You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether or not anyone says a word. She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth."
"When I look back over my novels what I find is that when I think I'm finished with a theme, I'm generally not. And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd, new guises."
"Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions."
"HBO is really famous for hiring good people and staying out of their way until they ask for help, or need it. And that reputation is earned."
"I can be glib and truthful all at once."
"I don't think there's a shortage of material in the world. Or in my head. I just pray for continued good health, because I've got other stories to tell."



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