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Don DeLillo
November 20, 1936 -
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.


True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to.


When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery.


The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it?


There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live.


I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working on the script that this is only the beginning. What will happen when it moves into three dimensions?


People will always make comparisons.


The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.


I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.


I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts.


I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.


Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.


A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain.


Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.


The future belongs to crowds.


I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.


I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.


Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.


There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President.


Hardship makes the world obscure.


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