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Steve Almond Quote: “All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.”
Steve Almond Quote: “We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend. Someone who isn’t embarrassed by our emotions, or her own, who recognizes that life is short and all that we have to offer, in the end, is love.”
Steve Almond Quote: “At the end of night, before you close your eyes, be content with what you’ve done and be proud of who you are.”
Steve Almond Quote: “I love men, the restlessness of their corrupted souls, the way they hide their heavy, murderous hearts, their sudden delicacies and small shocking acts of tenderness.”
Steve Almond Quote: “To look at the work of your peers, and learn how to explain with kindness and precision, the nature of their mistakes is, in fact, how you learn to diagnose your own work.”
Steve Almond Quote: “It is in these moments of tender and ridiculous nostalgia that I know something inside me is still broken.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Nothing on Earth is so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Misery loves another idiot with a jukebox where his soul should be.”
Steve Almond Quote: “At about the age of ten, during a late summer visit to Sears to buy school clothes, I became aware of the concept of candy by the pound.”
Steve Almond Quote: “There’s something incredibly liberating about a holiday that encourages children to take candy from strangers.”
Steve Almond Quote: “I have a hard time defending the production of candy, given that it is basically crack for children and makes them dependent in unwholesome ways.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Most forms of rage, after all, are only sloppy cloaks for grief.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Why are people so fascinated by how to eat Valomilks?’ She said, ‘Well, Dad, they’re round and they’re messy. But that’s what makes them fun. Once we get older we’re not supposed to be messy anymore. But for one moment when you’re eating a Valomilk, it’s okay to be messy again.”
Steve Almond Quote: “The single biggest reason I got my stories taken in various literary magazines – and I want to stress this – is because I refused to give up. Period.”
Steve Almond Quote: “All language is an aspiration to music.”
Steve Almond Quote: “The answer is that we don’t choose our freaks, they choose us.”
Steve Almond Quote: “A good teacher, after all, wields the authority of a parent with none of the psychological baggage. The best of them are semi-mysterious figures whose wisdom seems boundless and whose approval helps us discover who we are.”
Steve Almond Quote: “I myself despise “Macarena,” and yet I have been humming it for the past three days and my two-year-old daughter is now humming it and I’m pretty sure she will never stop.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Styx has become the mullet of bands.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Isn’t there something you want to tell me, something filthy and lovely and true.”
Steve Almond Quote: “The reason Americans favor milk chocolate over dark is because Milton Hershey got his bars into enough American mouths to establish our collective taste.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Hey, Dad, check this out!” Ike stared at the boy. He clearly wanted to be down there watching his kid possibly crack his skull open, rather than recording a song about how frightened he was that his kids might crack their skulls open.”
Steve Almond Quote: “This, it would turn out, is the main thing we had in common: a susceptibility to the brassy escapism of myth.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Art arises from loss. I wish this weren’t the case. I wish that every time I met a new woman and she rocked my world, I was inspired to write my ass off. But that is not what happens. What happens is we lie around in bed eating chocolate and screwing. Art is what happens when things don’t work out, when you’re licking your wounds. Art is, to a larger extent than people would like to think, a productive licking of the wounds.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Music has become more pervasive and portable than ever. But it feels less precious in the bargain. I.”
Steve Almond Quote: “If you’re wondering if you’re a collector, ask yourself two questions. Do I own too many records? Do my friends and family feel I own too many records? If your respective answers are No and Yes, you’re a Collector.”
Steve Almond Quote: “The body releases its electricity, merges with another, and together there is something like God in this pleasure. But afterward, in the quiet redolent air, there must also be offerings of truth. And so the mystery of love deepens.”
Steve Almond Quote: “One of the reasons I hate Hollywood so much is that they portray the travails of teen life as so innocuous and fun loving, some kind of idyll before the mean business of adulthood. People forget how much it all hurts back then. Someone pinches you and you feel it in your bones. They don’t want to face what a bunch of fragile sadists teenagers were. All these folks who acted all shocked and outraged when those kids in Columbine went off – where the hell did they go to high school?”
Steve Almond Quote: “Rock and roll allowed people to lie about themselves, and to be sanctified for the extravagance of their fictions. This.”
Steve Almond Quote: “The record is not simply a storage device. Its value resides in the particular set of memories and emotional associations held by its owner. These are inseparable from the physical object, which is no longer a physical object but an article of faith.”
Steve Almond Quote: “What would happen if some invisible gas leak in the school cafeteria caused diminished brain activity in students? Can we safely assume district officials would evacuate the school until further notice? That parents would be up in arms? That media and lawyers would descend in droves to collect statements from the innocent victims? Can we assume that the community would not gather together en masse on Friday nights to eat hot dogs and watch the gas leak?”
Steve Almond Quote: “There is a point you reach, I mean, when you are just something bad that happened to someone else.”
Steve Almond Quote: “It’s the reason we become enamored of certain singers, I think, because they project the voice we wish to summon within ourselves. His.”
Steve Almond Quote: “Boyle looked like a Monty Python in drag. Then she opened her mouth and this epic noise came ripping out of her. Within a week, she was the most celebrated person on earth, an.”
Steve Almond Quote: “We live in a society that puts a high premium on success and I learned, mainly through my dad, that salvation would come through success, and I carried that into my adult life and it’s a total lie.”
Steve Almond Quote: “At what point do we admit that the NFL’s true economic function is to channel our desire for athletic heroism into an engine of nihilistic greed?”
Steve Almond Quote: “More than any single issue, Gil’s essential topic was America, how the nation had fallen away from its moral precepts and into ruin, a condition of spiritual malaise that would eventually deliver us the bigotry and psychotic greed of the Bush Era.”
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