Quotes by: Rachel Kushner

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Rachel Kushner
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, Essayist
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Period 1996–present
Genre fiction
Notable works The Flamethrowers (2013), Telex from Cuba (2008)

Even if it happened in real life - and oftentimes, especially if it happened in real life - it might not work in fiction.
Rachel Kushner
Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I've long known of it as a unique entity that makes a place for writers - one more aspect of this exceptional film festival in the Colorado Alps.
Rachel Kushner
For me, everything about the telling is guided by tone. It's a bit mysterious; it's either there, or it isn't.
Rachel Kushner
It's really a misconception to identify the writer with the main character, given that the author creates all the characters in the book. In certain ways, I'm every character.
Rachel Kushner
I guess I'm not really fond of just chit-chatting. I want to learn something and have an experience.
Rachel Kushner
Art is about play and about transcendent meanings, not reducible to politics.
Rachel Kushner
One of the strategies for doing first-person is to make the narrator very knowing, so that the reader is with somebody who has a take on everything they observe.
Rachel Kushner
When the art world is done wrong, a reader's faith is lost and possibly not recuperable.
Rachel Kushner
Art is something special because it can come up with a way of approaching the truth that is a little to the side.
Rachel Kushner
Eventually, I decided that if I was going to really write a novel, I couldn't do it in New York City while holding down a job. You need a constant money source to live in New York City unless you're independently wealthy, which I'm not.
Rachel Kushner
The interaction between the two matters, but to me, each doesn't really exist independently of the other, so I'm not ever faced with a situation where the tone is wrong for the story, or the story wrong for the tone. They are two parts of one thing.
Rachel Kushner
I love the novels of Didion and Bret Ellis and consider them L.A. writers because they write about L.A.
Rachel Kushner
I don't think a woman riding a motorcycle thinks of herself as doing something that has sex appeal. I think she's trying to replicate for herself an experience that she sees men having.
Rachel Kushner
I have crashed on a motorcycle that was going at 140mph, so I know what it feels like.
Rachel Kushner
I'm hesitant to ever take on the crest of the veteran. So I don't know who I am to warn the younger writer about the perils to come. I think maybe the most dangerous influence is to think you have all the answers and should be giving counsel.
Rachel Kushner
My older brother, Jake, and I had a bohemian childhood. My parents are deeply unconventional people from the beatnik generation. They weren't married, and I thought that was normal. We called them by their first names.
Rachel Kushner
Like most writers, I've read a lot of Hemingway, and I admire him greatly.
Rachel Kushner
For me, art is not 'brooding.' It comes from someplace that is more fun and that has a kind of electricity to it.
Rachel Kushner
It's no secret that Cuba is a typical Latin American culture in that it has a fair amount of homophobia. Homosexuals have been notoriously persecuted under Fidel's government.
Rachel Kushner
The 1970s seemed particularly playful. People were trying to make work that couldn't be sold.
Rachel Kushner
I don't have any outside view of myself, and if I did, I would probably be creatively inhibited. I just write in the way that I write.
Rachel Kushner
I begin a book with imagery, more than I do with an idea or a character. Some kind of poetic image.
Rachel Kushner
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