Barry Hannah

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Barry Hannah

I lost my second marriage because of drinking, and I loved the woman very much. But I thought I needed booze to write. I'm glad I was disabused.More Barry Hannah [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I found out about reviews early on. They're mostly written by sad men on bad afternoons. That's probably why I'm less angry than some writers, who are so narcissistic they consider every line of every review, even a thoughtful one, as major treason.More Barry Hannah [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't write under the ghost of Faulkner. I live in the same town and find his life and work inspiring, but that's it. I have a motorcycle and tool along the country lanes. I travel at my own speed.More Barry Hannah [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Whoever you are, be that person with all your might. Time goes by faster than we thought. It is a thief so quiet. You must let yourself be loved and you must love, parts of you that never loved must open and love. You must announce yourself in all particulars so you can have yourself.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You've got to lie to stay halfway interested in yourself.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do believe that as you write more and age, the arrogance and most of the vanity goes. Or it is a vanity met with vast gratitude, that you were hit by something as you stood in the way of it, that anybody is listening.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A writers job is to destroy and then to build the thing back up again by a chosen means.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What a bog and labyrinth the human essence is... We are all overbrained and overemotioned.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where is the angry machine of all of us? Why is God such a blurred magician? Why are you begging for your life if you believe those things? Prove to me that you’re better than the rabbits we ate last night.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Time is what makes good stories. Much has been cooking for a long time, and at last finds an out in narration one day. That's a supreme joy. And why the characters keep showing up.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The point is to strip down, get protestant, then even more naked. Walk over scorched bricks to find your own soul. Your heart a searching dog in the rubble.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you are able to explain suffering, a man once told him, you weren't really there.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Professional Southerners sicken me.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I thought I was writing for a fairly hip, intelligent crowd; I just thought there were more of them out there. But they're not. They're not out there waiting. They're not gonna use their intelligence on your book.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I always intended to be light and open. I misjudged the American audience.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't really care about plot; I want to have a page-turner in a different kind of way.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My stories do have plot. They're not just scattered language; they're controlled, toward an end.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wouldn't buy somebody's album on a dare if they called him a musician's musician. I don't write to be a writer's writer. I don't want to be like the little-magazine writer.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never pulled a loaded pistol on anybody, but it got around that I did. It got turned into lore. It's a myth. There's so much bad gun stuff.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was no one, when I was in school, who talked about going in and blowing up students. The teachers were very stern and hateable, but nobody ever mentioned murder.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't really believe in a creative-writing major as an undergraduate. It's a bad idea, terrible. I've met creative-writing majors from other places and they don't know a goddamn thing. They're the worst students. They just think they're good because they could pass.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The wild stuff is all so overrated. Drinking, you don't feel good all the time. There's a lot of down, a lot of misery.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The alcohol had the code and mystery about it as a writer's drug, but I'm glad that's been debunked. But the trouble with the drinking, much as I hate to admit it, is it helped the work.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The first two drinks were always wonderfully liberating. You think better. You're braver, and you'll say anything. If you could just hang in there with two or three, it'd be beautiful. The trouble was I couldn't.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I hate to be fatalistic about it, but alcoholism, it's just in your genes. We had some of it in my family, and it just got me.More Barry Hannah [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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