Richard Russo Quotes


34 Richard Russo quotes:



"I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 looked back at some of my earlier published stories with genuine horror and remorse. I got thinking, How many extant copies might there be, who owns them, and do they keep their doors locked?"
"I read pretty voraciously. If it's good, I don't care what it is."
"I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry."
"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 think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about."
"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 was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel. It's always been my view that there are already more than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good. Most of them are self-conscious and bitter, the work of people who want to settle grudges."
"I'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out. It was a rare movie."
"If there's an enduring theme in my work, it's probably the effects of class on American life."
"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."



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