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    I feel that there's a lot of would-be guardians of the culture who think that high-minded literary purpose and the life that gets chronicled in the gossip columns, that these two things are incompatible.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: culture 
     
    I think a lot of the people who write about me think that if they had to write fewer interviews then they would transcribe their life-story and it would be a big success. Or should be.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: people  write  success 
     
    I always hope people will like me, and I'm always afraid they will think I'm a fraud. I try harder than perhaps I should to make people like me, then it backfires. They think I'm a buffoon.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: people  hope  afraid 
     
    The definition of gumbo is almost as slippery as that of Creole. Just as gumbo can contain pretty much any kind of meat or seafood, Creole is a vague and inclusive term for native New Orleanians, who may be black or white, depending on whom you're asking.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: black  definition  vague 
     
    I've been interested in writing and storytelling since I learned to read, but it wasn't until I read Dylan Thomas, when I was 14, that I became interested in language itself, and saw it as more than a transparent medium for a story.
    — Jay McInerney
    I don't think I found my voice until I reached New York. I suppose it's possible I would have had some kind of different literary career if I had not discovered New York.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: career 
     
    You know, Greenwich Village was the traditional bohemia of New York. I wish I could say that was entirely true now. It's, uh... changed. It's now got, God help us, investment bankers and journalists, but it's still a very beautiful part of New York.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: beautiful  true  wishes  help  god  banker 
     
    I certainly think that the publishing houses have to learn more about this informal network of literary blogging and get over the idea that sending an author on a book tour - to Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles - is a successful model anymore.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: successful  learn  book  author  ideas 
     
    Publishers send me a lot of first novels because my first novel was the defining novel of my career, and I guess a lot of people want my benediction or something.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: people  career  novel 
     
    When you catch yourself lying to your therapist, you know it's a waste of money.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: lying  money 
     
    We've been hearing about the death of the novel ever since the day after Don Quixote was published.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: death  novel 
     
    You know, Im always surprised when I read profiles, and they make me sound so jaded. I am so not jaded.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: read 
     
    I was fortunate to get a lot of mileage out of my vices . . . The point is not to be debilitated by your pleasures. Maybe I have lucky genes or something but I've never been truly addicted to anything, except pleasure in general.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: pleasure 
     
    There is a type of writer that can happily bury themselves in the country and dig very deep, but I'm not like that.
    — Jay McInerney
    You described the feeling you'd always had of being misplaced, of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt. That you always believed that other people had a clearer idea of what they were doing, and didn't worry quite so much about why.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: people  world  worries  ideas 
     
    Yeah, 'Gossip Girl' is a good show. It's a real New York show, like 'Sex and the City.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: girls  real  sex 
     
    Love is the eternal quest: almost everyone wants to love and be loved.
    — Jay McInerney
    It's the cynics who never get married.
    — Jay McInerney
    I'm a romantic; you have to be to marry four times.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: time  marry 
     
    I remain a fan of my friend Bret Easton Ellis's 'American Psycho.' I think as a book about New York in the '80s it was pretty excellent.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: friends  book  american 
     
    I don't want to have my life fall apart for my work.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: work 
     
    I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they're going. But I find writing is a process of discovery.
    — Jay McInerney
    If being a spokesman for a generation is a fleeting occupation, being a symbol of an era is downright dangerous for anyone who has the bad luck to outlive it.
    — Jay McInerney
    Your heartbreak is just another version of the same old story.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: stories 
     
    My former wife is a very eccentric woman, which is why I still love her.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: women  wife 
     
    You have friends who actually care about you and speak the language of the inner self. You have avoided them of late. Your soul is as disheveled as your apartment, and until you can clean it up a little you don't want to invite anyone inside.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: friends  self  language  soul  care 
     
    I love to imagine inside the head of a woman.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: women  imagine 
     
    Sometimes I think the difference between what we want and what we're afraid of is about the width of an eyelash.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: afraid 
     
    Things happen, people change,' is what Amanda said. For her that covered it. You wanted an explanation, and ending that would assign blame and dish up justice. You considered violence and you considered reconciliation . But what you are left with is a premonition of the way your life will fade behind you, like a book you have read too quickly, leaving a dwindling trail of images and emotions, until all you can remember is a name.
    — Jay McInerney
    Bottles of wine aren't like paintings. At some point you have to consume them. The object in life is to die with no bottles of wine in your cellar. To drink your last bottle of wine and go to sleep that night and not wake up.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: sleep  night  die  painting 
     
    I like the fact that I'm living in the world rather than in a university.
    — Jay McInerney
    The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: friendship  god 
     
    There's a socialist bias to the consensus of the literary world: a '30s mentality that says factory workers are more worthy of our attention.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: attention 
     
    I think men talk to women so they can sleep with them and women sleep with men so they can talk to them.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: men  women  sleep 
     
    Sometimes I think everything I touch turns into a Page Six item.
    — Jay McInerney
    I realized that I might not ever make it as a writer, that it might be because I wasn't good enough, or that it might be because the odds were just too long.
    — Jay McInerney
    The most interesting things that happen in my books are usually the things that arise spontaneously, the things that surprise me.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: book 
     
    'Socialist' is the nastiest thing you can say about an American politician in some quarters.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: american 
     
    Anybody who becomes a movie star becomes successful at projecting a certain image to the public.
    — Jay McInerney
    tags: star  successful  movie 
     
    There is a shabby nobility in failing all by yourself.
    — Jay McInerney
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