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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

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

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

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

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

Think Important Extent

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

- 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

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

Characters Making Lot

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

- 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

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

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

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

Some Characteristics

The book has many different characteristics: some are extremely old-fashioned storytelling traits, but there are also a fair number of postmodern traits, and the self-consciousness is one.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

College Got Out

I was unemployable when I got out of college.

- Jeffrey Eugenides

Dress About Pun

We're all well-acquainted with depression, we all know what the low moods are, but the mania was not something I knew much about. I didn't know that it would make someone dress extravagantly or start to pun, and to stay up and drink.

- 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

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

Fate Idea Determines

Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage - and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York - it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people.

- Jeffrey Eugenides