Quotations by Rick Moody

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Born: Wednesday, October 18, 1961
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American


All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt - you know, I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff - has begun to seem really important.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Family, Artist, Contempt, Man)

But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties, like going to a Paris Review party or whatever, that seems totally irrelevant now.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Literary, Now, Paris, Party, Universe)

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Literary)

I always wanted to write something illustrated, and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Opportunity)

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the New England Historical Genealogical Library, where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Work, Boston, EnglFact, Now, Right, Trying)

I didn't know how to kill off a character unless I was able, as a narrator, to get really complicated. Because it was a big deal. I'd never killed a character before.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Character)

I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.
- Rick Moody

I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been reading a lot of books that just came out.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Awards, Books, Reading)

I love comic books and always did as a kid.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Love, Books)

I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Time)

I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy, as a faith of the highest order.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Faith, Order, Treasure)

I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid.
- Rick Moody

I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness. It makes the sadness more memorable.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Comedy, Sadness, Trying)

I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep having to read stuff for juries and so forth.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: People, Trying)

Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Life, Facts, Fiction)

It turns out that my memory is just not that great, so for specific scenes with people doing stuff, sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't remember what happened exactly, so I just let that be.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: People, Memory, Wrong)

It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto, I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer ghetto and moving out into the world more.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Now, World, Writer)

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Literature)

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Life, Literary, Talk)

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Contention, Style)

My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Family, Memories, Reading)

Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That's material that I really like.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Work)

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes, it's also true that as a writer of books I want to have the whole range of human emotions.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Funny, Books, Emotions, Want, Writer)

The Ice Storm, because of the movie, has had, or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Life)

The point is to balance on the edge between musicality and content.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Balance, Content)

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Personality, Prose, Trying)

This is odd, but there are certain things that are really embarrassing to talk about - one is my job and the success that I've had in it, and the other is money.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Money, Success, Job, Talk)

What genre it falls under is only of interest later.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Interest)

When prose gets too stylized and out of control - and Stein is sometimes a good example - when you don't know what the hell is going on, then it's kind of boring.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Control, Example, Hell, Prose)

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Writing)







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