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Amor Towles

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 45
Feet Instrument About

Growing up, I didn't come from a musical family. Neither of my parents played an instrument, sang out loud, or listened to the radio with frequency. The record collection in the living room was only about 2 feet long - and that included 4 solid inches of Neil Diamond and Herb Alpert.

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Nature Deserve Very

By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration but our reconsideration.

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Given Read Which

I had read Harold Bloom's 'Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?' Late in his life, having read everything, Bloom asked which books had given him wisdom. I had just read a bunch of contemporary novels that had no wisdom for me.

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Purpose Elements Hammered

All the historical elements should feel organic to the story but not hammered down to serve a purpose.

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Thought Inside Always

I always thought I was a writer on the inside, but after a few years of not writing, you can't make that claim anymore.

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Always Deal Months

As a youth, I always did a good deal of reading in the summer months, having suffered since birth from an allergy to athletic activity.

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Love Survive Russian

As awful as the crimes of Stalinism were, the vast majority of the Russian population was trying to survive, to love, to have a sense of purpose.

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Boston Dad Imagined

Dad has worked as a banker at the same firm in Boston, living in the same suburban neighborhood for over 50 years. Later in life, when I got out of graduate school and imagined myself living the life of a writer like Hemingway or Kerouac, his practical self inevitably encouraged me to get a steady a job and raise a family, just like he did.

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Student Been Lot

As both a student of history and a man devoted to living in the present, I admit that I do not spend a lot of time imagining how things might otherwise have been. But I do like to think there is a difference between being resigned to a situation and reconciled to it.

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Would Cities Weeks

Every year, I would spend weeks at a time in the hotels of distant cities.

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Character Writing Sentence

Early on in the writing, there is often a sentence that pins down a character for me.

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Lucky Living Traveler

As a traveler, I should probably count myself fortunate to be living in the jet age, and as an author, I know I am lucky to have a book tour at all.

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My Life Career Mature

I had a 20-year career. I have two children. The advantage of writing later in my life is that I already had a whole mature realm of accomplishments and responsibilities, an identity outside of being a writer.

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Own Reasons Dropped

Look at Snowden or Julian Assange. In their own way, they are free without restrictions. They are dropped in a place because of political reasons.

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Bay Area Very Boulevard

One restaurant I visit without fail, whenever I'm in the Bay Area, is the Boulevard at 1 Mission Street, a few strides from the waterfront. It has excellent food and wine very much in the modern California style, but I go there less for any one dish than for the pleasure of dining with the restaurant's chefs.

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Hidden Civility 1930s

While I began writing 'Rules of Civility' in 2006, the genesis of the book dates back to the early 1990s, when I happened upon a copy of 'Many Are Called,' the collection of portraits that Walker Evans took on the New York City subways in the late 1930s with a hidden camera.

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Boston Revelation Came

To a bookish boy in a Boston suburb in the mid-1970s, the lyrics of Cole Porter came as something of a revelation.

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Being Minutes 60 Minutes

I totally remember that: being 25 and unemployed and trying to stretch each cappuccino for 60 minutes.

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Go Some Might

I have the foundation to write, and then I go back and do research, and some of that might influence the recrafting of certain scenes.

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Been Deal Good Deal

I have been writing since I was a kid. I also traveled a good deal for my work and did extended stays in places like Geneva.

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