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Rick Moody
October 18, 1961 -
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.


I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep having to read stuff for juries and so forth.


I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy, as a faith of the highest order.


I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness. It makes the sadness more memorable.


It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto, I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer ghetto and moving out into the world more.


All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt - you know, I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff - has begun to seem really important.


This is odd, but there are certain things that are really embarrassing to talk about - one is my job and the success that I've had in it, and the other is money.


My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.


Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.


What genre it falls under is only of interest later.


I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.


So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes, it's also true that as a writer of books I want to have the whole range of human emotions.


It turns out that my memory is just not that great, so for specific scenes with people doing stuff, sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't remember what happened exactly, so I just let that be.


I always wanted to write something illustrated, and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.


My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert.


I love comic books and always did as a kid.


But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties, like going to a Paris Review party or whatever, that seems totally irrelevant now.


The Ice Storm, because of the movie, has had, or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures.


Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.


The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality.


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