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    I'm doing all these interviews with the British press, the Italian press, and others. They all want to talk about this stuff. I don't have a stance; I don't have a go-to thing to say about any of this.
    — Paul Beatty
    I think there's nothing new going on. Except that, you're even more public than you've ever been.There's some good and some bad to that.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: bad 
     
    Maybe I'm just sensitive to that person who's on the outside.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people 
     
    I wrote poems and an essay about that weird language. We still remember it to a certain extent, and it still comes up when we're all together. It's so fundamental to how I think.
    — Paul Beatty
    Like when you have the right title for something you're writing and you get lost - you can always go back to the title and go, "Yeah, that's what this is about."
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: lost  right  writing 
     
    There are certain things that happen in New York that just don't happen anywhere else.
    — Paul Beatty
    I've also never written anything really in LA.
    — Paul Beatty
    I don't know exactly what a black Chinese restaurant would be, but I would sure love to see one.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: black 
     
    If New York is the City That Never Sleeps, then Los Angeles is the City That's Always Passed Out on the Couch.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: sleep 
     
    If all the students who slept through lectures were laid end to end, they'd all be a lot more comfortable. If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: world 
     
    I've written a little bit in Germany.
    — Paul Beatty
    Sometimes I highjack memories. Sometimes I switch them around. Sometimes they're just in the background, like some little bass note. Those things have carried me through, especially when I first started writing. They're still there, but more in the distance these days.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: memory  writing 
     
    Why are the mainstream buzz things rarely contemporary? It doesn't happen very often. It's hard to feel culpable or implicated or even apathetic.
    — Paul Beatty
    I had a student once come up to me and we were talking about this incident, and, of course, I never had the right thing to say. But later on, I realized I should have said: Don't write about trying to change the world, just write about a changed world or a world that's not changing. Let that do the work.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: work  world  right  write 
     
    If I'm in LA, I'm close to home, and that just brings up all these other things, good and bad. There is a reason why I am not there .
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: bad 
     
    I'm not searching for the truth.That's too much pressure .
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: searching 
     
    There are many similarities between Germans and blacks. The nouns themselves are loaded with so much historical baggage it's impossible for anyone to be indifferent to the simple mention of either group. We're two insightful people looking for reasons to love ourselves; and let's not forget we both love pork and wear sandals with socks.
    — Paul Beatty
    I don't write to put it in a drawer, I hope that people see it.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people  write  hope 
     
    People are very comfortable when race relations get looked at retrospectively. Slavery, the civil rights movement, etc.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people  right  slavery  race 
     
    If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: world 
     
    All this angst, all this stuff we all feel, is just tied to making art. It's so ancient.
    — Paul Beatty
    It's all the same for me, how I teach, how I write, how I think.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: write 
     
    Well, it's not all the same, but there are a lot of parallels. I'm not sure how to answer [on psychology background], but I think when I was studying psychology I had a professor and a friend who would talk about "process" all the time. Your process, his process, the group's process. There's some carryover from that discussion to my creative work.
    — Paul Beatty
    I co-taught a seminar called Small Group Processes with my professor. I learned so much from it, so much about myself, about groups, how this stuff works. I bring all that stuff to teaching now.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: work  process  teaching 
     
    There are things I don't like, like sitting at the head of the class. It makes me uncomfortable. I'll do it in a seminar if I have to, but with a workshop, I try to put myself in the circle somewhere. Because that hopefully frees up some people by making somebody else sit at the nominal head of the table.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people 
     
    I'm not very pious about anything, fortunately, but I'm skewering myself first. I'm skewering things that I care about and things that are important to me and then just my own foibles.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: care 
     
    There's this line between propriety and how we really speak and how we really think. And I'm just trying to have fun with that stuff.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: fun 
     
    I don't try to be satirical. I just try to get what's in my head on the page. And that part is hard for me to do. It takes a long, long time to make it poetic, somewhat essayistic.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: time 
     
    The Sellout is about friends and relatives who have touched me in real ways.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: friends  real 
     
    Contradictions make people feel off. They'll say, "Hey, you just said this and now this person is doing that, how is that possible?"
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people 
     
    My good friend, the poet Kofi Natambu, once said, "Contradiction is how we operate."
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: friends  poet 
     
    We don't act the same in every situation. Things bleed into all kinds of other things, from behavior to identity.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: identity 
     
    Even when it comes to writing fiction, how do you encompass all this stuff that's right on the tip of your tongue? You have to fold that into what you're working on.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: right  writing  fiction 
     
    I talk about folding it in often with Althea, my girlfriend. She's getting her doctoral degree at Berkeley and she talks about how even when writing these very academic, and, for the most part, serious papers there's just so much going on in her head and heart, and it's a reminder that there's a reason that she's studying these things.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: heart  writing 
     
    I can't say that I love writing, but I do love the satisfaction that it gives me.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: writing 
     
    I think everybody focuses on race, but it's about a ton of things, and I just see these things as all interrelated and all interwoven in a weird way.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: race 
     
    I think, and a lot of that has to do with where I grew up in California; [status] isn't something I think about that much.
    — Paul Beatty
    It makes me think about how you hear these young people say, "I see you, man." Or even if you go and watch some basketball game over the summer and the announcer goes, "I see you," and you see that player smile. You know what I mean? That thing of just being recognized, especially when you do a little subtle thing. I don't know.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: people  young  smile  summer  games 
     
    The thing is that it's always a constant reminder of how violent this country has been, always has been, you know. I'm still frustrated with these conversations: [Barack] Obama is black so that means this, that things are better, or it means that you voted for him because he's black.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: violent  black 
     
    The anger and fear are so global. And of course, we live where we live and there's a hierarchy to who is worth what. It's been going on for a long, long time.
    — Paul Beatty
    tags: fear  time  live  anger  worth 
     
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