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Jeffrey Eugenides

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 26
Trying I Care Reader

But I care about the reader, and I'm trying to keep the reader's attention for as long as I can.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Sometimes Very Idea

Basically you come up with the fictional idea and you start writing that story, but then in order to write it and to make it seem real, you sometimes put your own memories in. Even if it's a character that's very different from you.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Been Feels Extent

He knew a lot about his grandparents - and perhaps he feels he's been endowed with abilities to go into people's heads who are long dead - but, to a certain extent, he's making it up.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Give More Needed

At the same time, it's a family story and more of an epic. I needed the third-person. I tried to give a sense that Cal, in writing his story, is perhaps inventing his past as much as recalling it.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Going Six I Write

I have a lot of novels that I haven't finished. I usually get 150 pages in and I realize it's not going anywhere. I don't publish everything I write. I must have six unfinished novels at least.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Characters Making Lot

I'm hopefully making the reader feel a lot about the characters and then about their own life.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Genes Determine On And Off

If you talk to geneticists they are constantly finding that your genes are being switched on and off because of the environment. Genes alone do not determine an exact path in your life.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Memory Tell I Remember

I have a good memory for early life. My visual memory is good about childhood and adolescence, and less good in the last 10 years. I could probably tell you less what happened in the last 10 years. I remember what houses looked like, sometimes they just pop into my head.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Student Some Rather

I had a briefcase at one point, but it was a kind of 1980s New Wave briefcase. It was made of some kind of cardboard and it had metal hinges. It was kind of faux industrial looking, and I used to carry my books in it rather than a backpack. I didn't want to have normal student accoutrements.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

College Got Out

I was unemployable when I got out of college.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

My Life Directed Very

I was directed because I knew I wanted to be a novelist, but I didn't have a very good job or a way of getting published. I found those years to be among the most difficult of my life.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

I Think Through Mattered

It was a recession when I graduated, but I was so unequipped to have a job anyway, I don't think it would have mattered if the economy was booming. I think I was expecting bad jobs. But as it went on through my 20s, I began to wonder how things were going to turn out.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Been Other Certain Way

I mean, when I got to Brown, the place was riven, because you had older professors who were basically new critics and had been teaching a certain way for 30 years. And then you had this other gang who was down with the semiotic program. And as a student, you were, in a way, forced to choose which cohort you were going with.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Kind Experiments Been

I'm aware of cliches and I'm aware of experiments that have been done and I'm aware of a kind of deadness to a lot of realism both in the language and in the structure of a book.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Think Important Extent

I think it is important to remind people of the extent of our free will.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Voice Been Very

When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very strict rules about the narrative voice: the boys would only be able to report what they had seen or found or what had been told to them.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Book Reaction Other

It wasn't conscious, but I guess that one book is the reaction to the other. The first is so imprisoned in a male point-of-view, and the second is a point-of-view that can go anywhere it wants.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Own Some Had

I studied English literature in the honors program, which means that you had to take courses in various centuries. You had to start with Old English, Middle English, and work your way toward the modern. I figured if I did that it would force me to read some of the things I might not read on my own.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Sometimes Away Something

It was painful, but sometimes you must have these painful moments where you tear yourself away from something that isn't working.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Feel Modernist Coherent

I want an ending that's satisfying. I'm more of a classical writer than a modernist one in that I want the ending to be coherent and feel like an ending. I don't like when it just seems to putter out. I mean, life is chaotic enough.

- Jeffrey Eugenides