We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Amity Gaige Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
In the name of ‘mutual assistance,’ the Soviet Union would occupy Latvia until 1991, and it continues to occupy Latvia: in the obedient, epic lines at the post office, in the fug of coal smoke outside cities, in the notorious apartment buildings made of bricks of radioactive compressed ash.
I loved Madeleine L’Engle as a child – ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’
If you could literally ‘rid’ yourself of your problems by voicing them, I’d be all for it. But since that isn’t so, why not reserve the spoken word for functional interactions and witticisms, if not declarations of love?
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is, to my mind, a work of perfect genius.
I was born on an even keel. Family lore says I never cried, even at birth. I felt at ease on earth, in the right place. And like many children, I took comfort in life’s regularity: Every few days it rained, the school bus came and went, and my parents were rooted in their union.
I researched children’s rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart.
Nobody writes like Nabokov; nobody ever will. What I would give to write one sentence like Vladimir!
I think a writer is a describer. She describes society and human nature as she sees it. She has to be both typical of that society and alone within it.
For several years before I began ‘The Folded World,’ I worked at an urban college campus and had a job in a tutoring center, and people would come into the tutoring center, and for some reason, they just kept telling me their life stories.
Don’t let anyone tell you there’s only one way to write.
Parenthood is a psychic sweat lodge: enter into it only if you are ready to have your own secreted toxins running into your eyes. Few people are prepared for its power – women or men.
It’s dangerous to accept crisis as your baseline. It gets harder and harder to see the anti-crises that are so requisite to happiness: the quiet times, the crucial pauses – like those in a poem.
Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog.
Reading while I’m writing ideally inspires my competitive side. When I read great writers, I want to be a better writer.
My mother was born in Latvia. She and most of her family fled from the capital city of Riga in 1944 with the final approach of the Soviet army.
I often read poetry to ‘warm up’ before I write.
Oh, I’m a pretty bad poet. This has been corroborated by others.
As separate people, we are weak, but we could be a peaceful, powerful nation.
I think marriage and family keeps being written about because that’s where we keep our reputations with ourselves – I mean, we can’t quite slip the truths we reveal about ourselves at home.
I love writing letters. In order to write a novel in first person, I think I needed an addressee.
In the best writers, the outward-reaching interest in the ‘found subject’ leads back at a hairpin to some uncomfortable inner recognition that the writer has journeyed very far to see; he comes home half-dead.
Edan Lepucki sets her debut novel, ‘California,’ somewhere in the 2060s. The nearness of this era helps make her vision both more discomfiting and more credible.
When you feel the need to moan and groan, laugh with woeful recognition and eat flaky pastries. If you hear yourself taking the art of complaining a little too seriously, ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish, exactly.
Let’s admit it; the only use for complaining is to make people laugh.
I think novels are profoundly autobiographical. If writers deny that, they are lying. Or if it’s really true, then I think it’s a mistake.