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Amity Gaige

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 37
Willing I Write Unlovable

I certainly want people to like my writing, but I know that if I write with the intention of trying to please people, the writing will not be good because it will not be authentic. So, ironically, I have to be willing to write something strange or unlovable in order to write anything truly good.

- Amity Gaige

College Reason Some

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.

- Amity Gaige

Think Difficult Understand

I do think, in general, children are so perceptive, and they watch and they get so much, and that's wonderful. And it's also difficult for them because they see so much, but they don't understand.

- Amity Gaige

Bus Ease Lore

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.

- Amity Gaige

Tell One Night Anyone

Don't let anyone tell you there's only one way to write.

- Amity Gaige

Powerful Nation Separate

As separate people, we are weak, but we could be a peaceful, powerful nation.

- Amity Gaige

Deal Kidnapping Touched

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.

- Amity Gaige

Next Tell Years

I wanted - and still want - to tell my mother's story. She fled Stalin's army in 1944, leaving Latvia, which was to be occupied by the Soviets for the next 50 years, and arrived to the U.S. when she was 11.

- Amity Gaige

Want Side Read

Reading while I'm writing ideally inspires my competitive side. When I read great writers, I want to be a better writer.

- Amity Gaige

Nature Think I Think

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.

- Amity Gaige

Time Loved Wrinkle

I loved Madeleine L'Engle as a child - 'A Wrinkle in Time.'

- Amity Gaige

Warm Read I Write

I often read poetry to 'warm up' before I write.

- Amity Gaige

More Sets Credible

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.

- Amity Gaige

Work More Interfered

There would be times when I got so much work that I didn't have time to write. School interfered with writing more than writing with school.

- Amity Gaige

Mind Genius Woolf

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' is, to my mind, a work of perfect genius.

- Amity Gaige

Some Out Via

Reading 'Blood Will Out,' one begins to understand how so many people were duped by Clark Rockefeller. All the imposter needs is some kind of initial agreement that he is who he says he is; thereafter, consensus builds via a network of human relationships.

- Amity Gaige

Think I Think Very

I think I have a very American desire and willingness to divulge everything. I would divulge more if I didn't know it wasn't smart.

- Amity Gaige

City Born Capital

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.

- Amity Gaige

Compare Often Possessed

I often heard Latvians compare Russia and America. Latvians find both countries and their leaders possessed of the same mysterious confidence.

- Amity Gaige

Comedy Before Goes

It goes without saying that before its culture and literature can continue to evolve, Latvia first must endure the political comedy of creating a stable, functioning and unthreatened democracy.

- Amity Gaige