Book Quotes

“My intention had not been to find her, for I had been busy being lonely with someone else.”  – Ben Marcus, Leaving the Sea

“When in doubt, take it out.,”  Barbara DaCosta,

“My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories are like guideposts to my heart…” – Haruki Murakami

“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it’s a lot smokier and less defined.” – Paolo Bacigalupi

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“I love fiction. I like reading short stories. Cupcakes, pop songs, Polaroids, and short stories. They all raise and answer questions in a short space. I like Lorrie Moore, Amy Hempel, Tim O’Brien, Raymond Carver. All the heartbreakers.” – Laurel Nakadate

“I would really hope that this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.”

– Alice Munro, Nobel Prize for Literature 2013 acceptance

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” – Neil Gaiman

Een kort verhaal is als een schijnwerper: een personage of handeling wordt in het felle licht gezet; Lodewijk Brunt