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Jonathan Ames quotes

For me, the past is dead. Can't go back.

I might have some sort of personality disorder. I might not have proper filters; it might be some kind of version of Asperger's meets Tourettes meets prose.

I wish I was the kind of writer who would go to a war zone and write about something that's meaningful and important to people, but that's not my area of coverage.

I need to stay in the present and use that new-age mantra: 'I'm okay right now.' But I worry about all the things I'm failing at every moment.

I promote my own self-hatred.

I've really never written about my relationships, or things like that. I wouldn't want to divulge things that were too private.

Something has happened where you almost never grow up in America. Maybe it's the greater wealth.

I don't like rides. I take everything in life quite literally, and so I genuinely feel terrified on rides and liable to vomit at any moment, and I hate to vomit even more than I fear rides.

I don't mind being ridiculed - well, I guess I would mind a little, but it would only last a few minutes - it's all very ephemeral; it doesn't really matter what people think of me.

When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

A lot of writing is a form of seeing - putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.

As a child, I wanted to be an athlete, a professional tennis player or something like that.

Having a show get canceled is like, 'Oh, you have caviar between your teeth,' you know what I mean? Because you had a show in the first place.

I didn't play or like a lot of board games as a child. I liked playing with my G.I. Joes and making up adventures for them.

I don't really recognise success. I don't see myself as on an upwardly mobile trajectory. I see myself as on the edge of a cliff about to fall off.

I drink coffee. Without coffee, I probably couldn't write.

It's hard for me to think of writing a novel, because it takes so long.

Mostly I have to try to censor myself so as not to write things that will hurt other people, or that will go too far.

The reason it's hard for me to tweet is I don't want to pronounce anything, and Twitter is for pronouncing.

There are so many talented young writers named Jonathan, with whom by comparison I suffer terribly.