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Doing Bad Bad Things

Bad people doing bad things is not interesting. What I find interesting is good people doing bad things.

- Amy Bloom

Pretty People Country

People tend to forget that in our country, we'd pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans.

- Amy Bloom

Process Lot Writing

My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding.

- Amy Bloom

Year Winter Deck

My ideal meal varies, depending on the time of year. Lobster on a deck overlooking a beach at sunset is one - but all my kids have to be there, because they are all lobster-lovers. Making a bolognese sauce over pappardelle for my husband on a winter evening, because he loves my bolognese sauce and it's his comfort food.

- Amy Bloom

Love Some Principle

I am interested in struggle - between our hearts and our head, between principle and desire - and one of those struggles is with mortality; and no one at all is immune to it, which makes it even more interesting to me. Some people fall in love, some don't. Some sky dive, some don't. Everyone who lives, ages.

- Amy Bloom

Last Surprise Breadth

For me, the short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.

- Amy Bloom

Away Save Petals

To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever.

- Amy Bloom

Before Fiction Use

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It's easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

- Amy Bloom

Other Very Reason

My father certainly believed that one could make a living outside of an office, as he did. And that if I didn't want to work for other people, there wasn't any reason why I had to. He conveyed that very strongly to my sister and I - that smart people can make their own livings.

- Amy Bloom

Think Always Play

As children, we think our mother has always been a mother, but it is just one of the roles you may have the opportunity to play. They don't define you as a human being.

- Amy Bloom

Doing Been Centuries

Smart people often talk trash about happiness and worse than trash about books on happiness, and they have been doing so for centuries - just as long as other people have been pursuing happiness and writing books about it.

- Amy Bloom

Think Love I Think

I don't think writers really choose their subjects. I think the subjects, the topics, the themes, choose us, and then we make the most of what we have. For Trollope, society; for Roth, Jews. For me, apparently, love. Why hide it?

- Amy Bloom

Big Fan Big Fan

I'm overall a big fan of President Obama.

- Amy Bloom

Think I Think Genes

I think the impulse to get to the heart of the story and to tell it well is in my genes.

- Amy Bloom

Thoughts Normal Meant

'Normal' is not clinical, it's not autobiographical, and I don't claim to be objective. It's strictly my perceptions and thoughts about the people that I met and the stories that I heard. It was never meant to be an academic work.

- Amy Bloom

Your Characters Appears

Plays are wonderfully different than short stories, first because it's a story that's on a stage, but there's a different sort of tension that appears on stage - you get to see your characters in a different way - like with lights.

- Amy Bloom

I Think Feel Believe

I think all writers are mainly writing for themselves because I believe that most writers are writing based on a need to write. But at the same time, I feel that writers are, of course, writing for their readers, too.

- Amy Bloom

Find Harmony Struggles

We have our insides and our outsides, and I find the struggles between the two, as well as the occasions of harmony between the two, fascinating.

- Amy Bloom

Reader Glasses Pink

I was the kind of reader in smudged pink harlequin glasses sitting on the cool, dusty floor of the Arrandale public library, standing at the edge of the playground, having broken a tooth in dodge ball, and lying under my covers with a flashlight.

- Amy Bloom

Woman Remain Sources

I'm a grown woman. I can come up with plenty of things that I've done and said or didn't say or failed to do that remain with me as sources of embarrassment.

- Amy Bloom

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Think Toward Rolling

People think of science as rolling back the mystery of God. I look at science as slowly creeping toward the mystery of God.

- Allan Hamilton

Think I Think Athlete

Every NBA player, every athlete, I think once you get to this level in life, whether you have kids or you're about to have kids, understands that this is so much bigger than this sport.

- Allan Houston

Think Dig Columnist

Report, report, report. Dig, dig, dig. Think, think, think. Don't stop being a reporter because you've become a columnist.

- Allan Sloan

Think Famous Dad

Because Dad was famous, I was so used to being identified as 'John Huston's daughter' that I couldn't think of myself as anyone else.

- Allegra Huston

Think I Think Big

I think if I did do something in another genre, it would be science fiction; I'm a big sci fi nerd.

- Allen Covert

Think Through Thoughts

I think it was when I ran into Kerouac and Burroughs - when I was 17 - that I realized I was talking through an empty skull... I wasn't thinking my own thoughts or saying my own thoughts.

- Allen Ginsberg

Think Making Bed

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

- Allen Ginsberg

Think Surprise Revolves

My greatest surprise was that so much of what we think is common sense is just prejudice, and so much of what we think is scientific fact is about as scientific as the idea that the sun revolves around the earth.

- Amy Bloom

Holy Forgiven Revolves

To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves.

- Charles Williams

Most Now Revolves

Eating is my main hobby now, and most of what I do on the weekend revolves around that.

- Daniel Bruhl

Albums Sly Revolves

Sly Stone doesn't make good albums: only good records. His style is so infinite and revolves around so many crucial aspects that it has only come together perfectly on a handful of his singles.

- Jon Landau

Which Lot Revolves

I like to do books in which a lot of the research and the writing and the thinking revolves around something American.

- Bill Bryson

Through Stress Surprise

The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers.

- Harvey Cushing

Based Challenges Revolves

The heritage of a British actor revolves around the challenges of playing the classic roles to meet certain levels of success as an actor. In America, the heritage of an actor is based on cinema mainly.

- Brian Cox

Will Organize Surprise

As much as you try to organize your life, life will surprise you.

- Bryce Dessner

Feels Song Surprise

In terms of the music, it feels almost like trouble's a good thing - you never know when a song is going to surprise you. We look for these subversive moments in songs.

- Bryce Dessner

Discover Surprise Fine Day

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.

- Camille Pissarro

Like Ring Surprise

Many people focus on my power and talk about my power, but I have many more qualities in the ring. I like to surprise everyone.

- Canelo Alvarez

Take Surprise Opponent

If you don't take an opponent serious, they surprise you.

- Canelo Alvarez

Surprise Secrecy Backbone

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

- Carl von Clausewitz

Going Lives Revolves

Every bit of our lives revolves around how we get from one place to another and how long it's going to take to get there and what time of day you have to leave to do it.

- Donna Edwards