Walter Kirn

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Walter Kirn

I've been told my old city possesses a 'thriving arts scene,' whatever that is; personally, I think artists should lie low and stick to their work, not line-dance through the parks.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Most writers' view of the New West is either phony - obsessed with the same tired mythology - or it's obsessed with anti-mythology, ... There's not a lot of realistic, observant writing about the West right now.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The market is the only critic that matters.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The best critic needn't be right, just interesting.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It looked like just the sort of family Americans dream of having: dumb and loving.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A writer is someone who tells you one thing so someday he can tell his readers another thing: what he was thinking but declined to say, or what he would have thought had he been wiser. A writer turns his life into material, and if you're in his life, he uses yours, too.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You thought you were found but you realize that you were lost, and someday you may discover that you're lost now.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I preferred that my bad dreams be vague.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Requesting permission from someone to be honest is really a way of accusing the other person of being so demanding or overbearing that you couldn't be honest all along.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Other people's devotions embarrassed me, perhaps because, like other people's kisses, they rarely looked genuine when viewed too closely.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The strange anthropological lesson of social media is that human beings, if given a choice, often prefer to socialise alone.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Quiet cunning bested boastful brawnMore Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What was more humiliating, I wondered: having to beg for someone's cold chicken bones or being offered them?More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
He knows, as all the cleverest ones do, that no human being is so interesting that he can't make himself more interesting still by acting retarded at random intervals.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Given Loughner's obsession with meaninglessness and language, maybe Foucault & Derrida deserve some fault here, too.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The lines we draw that make us who we are are potent by virtue of being non-negotiable, and even, at some level, indefensible.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Memo to extreme partisans: If you can't bring yourselves to love your enemies, can you at least learn to hate your friends?More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some strangers become more important to you than family, maybe because you're not expected to love them. You can leave them whenever you want to. They can, too. Every moment together is a choice.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Reason leavened with a little wit (if possible) is the real alternative to hate speech, meaning that there's no better time for it.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A writer turns his life into material, and if you’re in his life, he uses yours, too.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the age of networked everything, life moves sideways and covers lots of ground while barely touching the earth..More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When Loughner himself speaks and we find out his real influences are Spiderman, 'Gnome Chomsky,' Taylor Swift, and Dr. Bronner, then what?More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To apologize for your personal absolutes, for what Sandy Pinter calls your “Core Attachments,” means apologizing for your very existence.More Walter Kirn [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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