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John D'Agata

American,  Writer
Total Quotes : 10
Rules Rather Recognized

I'm an essayist. And this is a genre that has existed for a few thousand years. Ever heard of Cicero? So these rules that I'm working under are not mine but rather were established by writers who recognized the difference between the hard research of journalism and the kind of inquiry of mind that characterizes the essay.

- John D'Agata

Shades Becoming Angles

Can we call the essay its own genre if it's so promiscuously versatile? Can we call any genre a 'genre' if, when we read it from different angles and under different shades of light, the differences between it and something else start becoming indistinguishable?

- John D'Agata

Data Kind Still

I'm kind of fascinated by this idea that we can surround ourselves with information: we can just pile up data after data after data and arm ourselves with facts and yet still not be able to answer the questions that we have.

- John D'Agata

Beginning Mandate Been

'The Paris Review's mandate has been the same for fifty years. First and foremost, this magazine is for writers; the editors' task is to support and celebrate them, especially at the beginning of their careers, but also as they move forward, venturing stories that are creative, risky, new.

- John D'Agata

Years Away Squat

Yucca Mountain isn't pretty. And it also isn't large. From far away, the mountain's just a squat bulge in the middle of the desert, essentially just debris from a bigger, stronger mountain that erupted millions of years ago and hurled its broken pieces into piles across the earth.

- John D'Agata

Art Goes Utter

By embracing a label such as 'non-fiction,' the creative writing community has signaled to the world that what goes on in this genre is at best utilitarian and at worst an utter mystery. We have segregated the genre from art.

- John D'Agata

Argument Kind Constructed

It's almost impossible that an argument would naturally form the kind of arch that it does in 'Lifespan'. So, the conversation is constructed.

- John D'Agata

Data Never Idea

I never really understood the idea that nonfiction ought to be this dispensary of data that we have at the moment.

- John D'Agata

Goal Which Primary Goal

The primary goal of the so-called nonfiction text is to relay the facts of an event - the facts about a person, the facts of history - which is not why I turned to this genre.

- John D'Agata

Year New Bring

In its fifty-first year of publication, 'The Paris Review' continues to search for new ways to bring together writers and readers.

- John D'Agata