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    When you are writing a character, what the character says is obviously crucial. But what the character doesn't say is absolutely as important as his words.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: character  writing 
     
    I don't think I want to write a third book. But the more people talk to me about it, the more I think maybe I do.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: people  book  write 
     
    The culture is with some rapidity fearing its imagination. I don't know why. Imagination is not of interest.
    — Frederick Busch
    The education of young people is narrowing. They cannot have the scope they used to have. They are being taught in high school by people earnest, still, but maybe less well-prepared than we would want them to be - but not because they are stupid or churlish.
    — Frederick Busch
    It's harder to get hold of the world. It's harder to understand the world, to encompass the literature necessary for the information.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: world  literature 
     
    We are herding the young in that direction so that they are not sitting still and contemplating, Goddamn it, a page of exquisite prose by Charles Dickens, which is filled with rage about poverty and the need of a household to survive. That's not in the table for consideration now. And people don't understand that beautiful rage of Dickens because they don't share it. They haven't got time to worry about an oppressed culture, a subclass.
    — Frederick Busch
    I love baseball. What I love about baseball is that you are always waiting.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: baseball 
     
    I get to meet writers, and I love writers.
    — Frederick Busch
    I enjoy going to campuses and reading and doing a class or teaching and then running away and not having to grade papers.
    — Frederick Busch
    I love thrillers. I would even read certain science fiction, although I haven't been a devotee for many years.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: thriller  read  fiction  year 
     
    Stephen King has the exact ability that Charles Dickens had. To get to his readers in spite of or despite anything the reviews say.
    — Frederick Busch
    I always write the best that I can. And I won't publish it until I have done it right.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: right  write 
     
    I know important literary writers who can't get published.
    — Frederick Busch
    First-book novelists and storywriters haven't yet failed and so it's easier to publish them - you can gamble on a success. Whereas someone who has written four books that are highly literary and demanding and require you as a reader. They may not be republished.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: book  success 
     
    If you can propose a memoir, even if you are eighteen years old - and what do you remember? What are you memeing? If you can propose a memoir, I believe someone will pay you to write it. And you will get a contract for nonfiction. And if it is about victimology in one way or another than you'll get more money. It's a sensation.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: believe  memoir  write  money  year 
     
    Hollywood is the model for publishing, more and more. Not just blockbusters either.
    — Frederick Busch
    Let's look at what the books are that are being produced. More and more they are being made like movies. To sell. They are being tested out.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: movie  book  sell 
     
    I always had good students.
    — Frederick Busch
    Never use 'submit' as a verb for sending work to magazine or book publishers; say 'offer,' and never, ever submit. Keep your knees unbent. Be brave.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: work  book 
     
    If a writer is honest, if what is at stake for him can seem to matter to his readers, then his work may be read. But a writer will work anyway, as I do, and as I have, in part to explore this terra incognita, this dangerous ground I seem to need to risk.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: work  risk  read  dangerous 
     
    Good art is a form of prayer. It's a way to say what is not sayable.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: prayer 
     
    Baseball is a game where you are always waiting, and then when something happens it's like turning a kaleidoscope when you were a kid.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: kids  games  baseball 
     
    What to know about pain is how little we do to deserve it, how simple it is to give, how hard to lose.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: pain 
     
    The best defense is a good story.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: stories 
     
    I have found myself writing poetry shortly after I retired. Which I hadn't done in forty years.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: writing  poetry  year 
     
    I read a lot of poetry. I read some history.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: poetry  read 
     
    When I am writing a novel I try not to read great prose stylists into which I will fall.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: novel  writing  read 
     
    What I try to do is read stuff that won't deal with the dangerous dark things I hope I am writing about.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: dark  writing  read  hope  dangerous 
     
    I'm an amateur, so I read what's interesting to me.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: read 
     
    You have to read history. You have to have a sense of history.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: read 
     
    In a way, I see my fiction as having moved in that direction - and the characters as dealing simultaneously with their personal history and with the present in which they are trying to make their way. So that the books are simultaneously about public and interior events. And I am having a great time getting confused and crazed writing about them.
    — Frederick Busch
    History is beautiful stories or scary stories, yeah.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: beautiful  stories 
     
    There is a lack of context in contemporary education. And contemporary consideration - because we live in those interiorities so much. Especially young kids who live by surfing the Web.
    — Frederick Busch
    I'm not a philosopher. I am the next thing to a jock, which is a novelist.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: philosopher 
     
    I can't imagine having the courage to ask a publisher to do a whole book of my poems.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: book  poem  courage  imagine 
     
    I have a wonderful editor who believes in fiction and poetry. She herself is a novelist and poet.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: believe  poetry  poet  fiction 
     
    If there is some blood on the pages then you have some readership.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: blood 
     
    I always want to read Gore Vidal's nonfiction. Because everything he writes is an essay and it's worth reading.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: reading  write  read  worth 
     
    The importance to the world of what we scribblers write is in doubt, I would think.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: world  doubt  write 
     
    I don't think the world is particularly responsive to - our world, the culture we are in, to art right now.
    — Frederick Busch
    tags: world  culture  right 
     
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