Quotes by Rachel Kushner

quotes by Rachel Kushner

Best 58 Quotes by Rachel Kushner

my aspiration to spe quote by rachel kushner

My aspiration to spend time at sea as requisite literary training died long ago, as a teenager, on a white-knuckled ferry ride to Elba during a torrential rainstorm [Kushner, Rachel, Diary, London Review of Books, January 14, 2015].

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)
i am occasionally en quote by rachel kushner

I am occasionally enraptured by Western landscape. But I don't identify that state of mind as having to do with my own origins, having grown up in the West, although I certainly crisscrossed Nevada countless times growing up, and then as a young adult, in cars and on motorcycles.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

L.A. is a great place to write because you have a lot of space. I have a big office at home, I can leave the doors open. Flowers bloom all year. But it's unglamorous in all the right ways.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Danzon is my favorite Cuban music, played by a traditional string orchestra with flute and piano. It's very formally structured but romantic music, which derives from the French-Haitian contradance.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

A lot of politics in art is just institutional critique, which, in my opinion, is not all that political.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Writing a first novel was an arduous crash course. I learned so much in the six years it took me to write it, mostly technical things pertaining to craft.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

My mother told me many stories about her childhood in Cuba. Living there had a profound impact on her and how she regards herself.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I'm a very interior person. I love silence. I revel in it. I'm happy that way.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was very precocious when I was young. I went to college at 16, and I graduated at 20. I wanted to be a writer, but I was more interested in experience than in applying myself intellectually.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

In writing novels, you have to believe in yourself or there would be no way to sustain it. But you also have to give good evidence regularly for having that faith in self-either with quality goods or with, at least, "good efforts." Working hard will do when inspiration is not forthcoming.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Art is about play and about transcendent meanings, not reducible to politics.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

If your parents died suddenly, Sandro understood, your home was wherever you were, and now you were from nowhere. Your parents were your provenance. Dead, you had no provenance.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

A funny thing about women and machines: the combination made made curious. They seemed to think it had something to do with them.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Gloria was still talking, something about how shooting people was in a sense safer than making art, in terms of avoiding serious lapses in taste.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I didn't do a masters in creative writing until I was 26, which is quite old, and then I found myself in New York and I needed money, so I started working full time as an editor.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Authenticity is too big a subject to just toss in with the question about the photographs!

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I guess I'm not really fond of just chit-chatting. I want to learn something and have an experience.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have crashed on a motorcycle that was going at 140mph, so I know what it feels like.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am not a sun person at all. I think it's a cancerous poison and I don't want it touching me.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have spent a lot of time in the art world, and I guess I do listen to how people speak. I'm interested in what they say and how they say it.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

And here I arrive at my point. The point is that everyone has a different dream. The point is that it is a grave mistake to assume your dream is in any way shared, that it's a common dream. Not only is it not shared, not common, there is no reason to assume that other people don't find you and your dream utterly revolting.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

At home, I dedicate occasional whole days to reading as if I'm a convalescent. The ideal place for this is the bath, where the body floats free. Books go a little wavy, but they're mine, so who cares.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every person has a range. In fiction, you get to be it all. I'm as much the men in my book as I am the women. I write how I write and there is no mission to stake a claim.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

For me, truth cracks open in the places where things do not cohere. That's how life is.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am interested in risk, in art as well as in the realm of politics.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I begin a book with imagery, more than I do with an idea or a character. Some kind of poetic image.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I didn't think of the narrative as making a judgment. It didn't occur to me the reader would either, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible there would be that risk.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I do not enjoy the promotional side of being a writer, to be blunt about it. Even with the little amount that is expected of me, which is nothing compared to the life of an artist. Writers can live in obscurity and come out of the woodwork with a book, then go back in. Artists don't have that luxury.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't quite see the 20th century as one of chaos. But I believe in certain inevitable outcomes of a materialist nature.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't really have those kinds of intentions when I write a scene. I try to follow the internal logic of the fiction, rather than make an argument or an assertion.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't really see art as structured by logic.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I don't regard the real and true and authentic as something to claim as a moral high ground.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I shy away from plot structure that depends on the characters behaving in ways that are going to eventually be explained by their childhood, or by some recent trauma or event. People are incredibly complicated. Who knows why they are the way they are?

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was doing that thing the infatuated do, stitching destiny onto the person we want stitched to us.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I'd been listening to men talk since I arrived in New York City. That's what men like to do. Talk. Profess like experts. When one finally came along who didn't say much, I listened.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

I'm not belittling the art world. Not at all. I take it quite seriously, actually. But the logic of art is a vanguard logic that pressures art to incorporate the quotient of risk.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

In short, I'm pretty suspicious of the idea that there's a real and true and authentic world, and then a bunch of false ones.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

It was not the case that one thing morphed into another, child into woman. You remained the person you were before things happened to you. The person you were when you thought a small cut string could determine the course of a year. You also became the person to whom certain things happened. Who passed into the realm where you no longer questioned the notion of being trapped in one form. You took on that form, that identity, hoped for its recognition from others, hoped someone would love it and you.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Leave, with no answer. Move on to the next question.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Lovers offered only what they offered and nothing more, and what they offered came with provisos: believe what you want and don't look carefully at what isn't acceptable to you.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Making art was really about the problem of the soul, of losing it. It was a technique for inhabiting the world. For not dissolving into it.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Motorcycles aren't about gaining agency, I don't think.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

People are complicated. Personally I don't go in for puritanical people.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

People who are harder to love pose a challenge, and the challenge makes them easier to love. You're driven to love them. People who want their love easy don't really want love.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

People who experience themselves as authentic are also experiencing themselves as myth, but that's not the narrative they're going with.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

People who want their love easy don't really want love.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Since it's fiction, the book resonates, at least for me, on various levels, some of which intimate ideas about history but none of which have the kind of directly causal reasoning you cite.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

The desire for love is universal but that has never meant it's worthy of respect. It's not admirable to want love, it just is.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

The kids I knew growing up who worked on bikes all loved the smell of gas. It is the liquid agent for speed.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

The VW doesn't make you think of Hitler and genocide. It's a breast on wheels, a puffy little dream.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is no real appeal for me in an image of a woman on a motorcycle.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

To be alive is to listen quietly while other people talk. That's how you learn something.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

When I see things in the world that leap out at me, I want to make use of them in fiction. Maybe every writer does that. It just depends on what you claim or appropriate as yours.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

Writing is a way of living. It doesn't quite matter that there are too many books for the number of readers in the world to read them. It's a way of being alive, for the writer.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

You have time. Meaning don't use it, but pass through time in patience, waiting for something to come. Prepare for its arrival. Don't rush to meet it. Be a conduit.

Rachel Kushner (Source: SoberSides.com)

About Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner, Some people are blessed with the talent of playing with words in a way that it touches the soul of reader and Rachel Kushner is one of those author. Rachel Kushner choice of words presented in a way that has the power to make them feel a part of the story, provide them with extreme wisdom and a direction direction towards the cause. Rachel Kushner ability to pen down emotions, imaginations, experiences in a way that it looks so real and inspiring is god-gifted to some people out there.

Review on Rachel Kushner
Total Score

Rachel Kushner, Some people are blessed with the talent of playing with words in a way that it touches the soul of reader and Rachel Kushner is one of those author. Rachel Kushner need your support to increase rating.

10 10

Who are Authors?

Apart from the normal definition, an author is the one who can add life to the lifeless words and make them speak for themselves leaving an everlasting effect on the one who reads their masterpieces. They sometimes write an entire book reciting a story with a moral hidden in it and sometimes just a few words can do the magic. We often quote some words from their writings and they become famous under their names. People who don’t have much time to read the entire books or novels these days are really impressed and look forward to reading shorter pieces of motivational contents known as Quotations.

No matter how low or depressed you feel, you can always find content that can lift you up in the bad times and bring you back to cheerful mode. Yes, that’s the power of an author. Sometimes these authors just don’t realize how important they might become in someone’s success stories with the help of their writings. There is no limit to the categories and themes that authors can choose to write about. They keep their senses(eyes, ears, taste, smell and feel) open to everything out there, observe minute detail and then filter out the irrelevant to create a story that everyone can relate with. Authors make the best use of their creativity to write words that do wonders and language that speaks more than the semantics. They not just communicate the experiences of their own but also make a beautiful blend of their imagination with the experience of other people and put it down like a story. It seems as if a writer or an author tries to find a story in every human being. 

Who are the different types of Authors?

There exists a variety of authors out there who tend to master one or the combination of different writing styles and patterns and gain name and fame as the recognition of their expertise. The categories of the authors are novelist, critic, poet, satirist(using satires and sarcasm to make a point), lyricist, story writers, Playwright(writing plays), screenwriters, librettist(one who works on musical texts like Operas), speechwriters, editor, historian, encyclopedist, essayist, translators, bloggers, journalists, columnists, report writers, technical writers and so on. 

No matter which category an author belongs to, they are well versed with the topic and genre they choose and try to either make the people aware about it or motivate them or present their views in a way different than others.

Everyone out there has different choices when it comes to their favorite authors and their writings have affected them to become a better individual in one or the other way.

Here at Sober Sides, you will get the best of the quotations written by your all time favourite authors. Read them anytime and anywhere and change your demotivation and hopelessness into motivation and strength. We believe we can change your perception for the better if we can make you read the right words written by the right person at the right time.

Get the amazing quotes right in your inbox

Done!