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    I love men, the restlessness of their corrupted souls, the way they hide their heavy, murderous hearts, their sudden delicacies and small shocking acts of tenderness.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: men  heart  soul 
     
    I have a hard time defending the production of candy, given that it is basically crack for children and makes them dependent in unwholesome ways.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: children  time  child 
     
    At about the age of ten, during a late summer visit to Sears to buy school clothes, I became aware of the concept of candy by the pound.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: age  summer  school  pounds 
     
    It is in these moments of tender and ridiculous nostalgia that I know something inside me is still broken.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: moment  nostalgia  broken 
     
    I want to view my own efforts to write a novel as a function of my own artistic aspirations rather than a good career move. And I need to learn how to commit to characters for a longer time, to confront the limits of my own capacities for attention and compassion. That's what a writing career does, in the best instance: it allows you to keep after what you can't do.
    — Steve Almond
    Misery loves another idiot with a jukebox where his soul should be.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: soul  misery  idiot 
     
    All language is an aspiration to music.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: language  music 
     
    Much as I love stories, I think I'll only be satisfied with myself as a writer if I'm able to produce a novel that feels publishable. The books that truly take me away - for weeks at a time - are all novels.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: time  novel  stories  book 
     
    A good teacher, after all, wields the authority of a parent with none of the psychological baggage. The best of them are semi-mysterious figures whose wisdom seems boundless and whose approval helps us discover who we are.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: help  authority  wisdom  parent 
     
    The single biggest reason I got my stories taken in various literary magazines - and I want to stress this - is because I refused to give up. Period.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: stress  stories 
     
    The answer is that we don't choose our freaks, they choose us.
    — Steve Almond
    A lot of what I'm having to do to get myself weaned from football is really limit what media I allow myself to consume. And it's a big drag. But it's also the only way to kick the habit.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: media  football 
     
    Art arises from loss. I wish this weren't the case. I wish that every time I met a new woman and she rocked my world, I was inspired to write my ass off. But that is not what happens. What happens is we lie around in bed eating chocolate and screwing. Art is what happens when things don't work out, when you're licking your wounds. Art is, to a larger extent than people would like to think, a productive licking of the wounds.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: time  people  work  women  world  loss  lies  wishes  write 
     
    But something occurred to me as I sped through that dirty shroud of fog, something Vonnegut has been trying to explain to the rest of us for most of his life. And that is this: Despair is a form of hope. It is an acknowledgment of the distance between ourselves and our appointed happiness. At certain moments, it is reason enough to live.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: happiness  live  despair  moment  hope 
     
    Nothing on Earth is so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: beautiful  earth  night 
     
    We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend. Someone who isn't embarrassed by our emotions, or her own, who recognizes that life is short and all that we have to offer, in the end, is love.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: heart  friends  emotion  true  wise  company 
     
    Every now and then, I'll run into someone who claims not to like chocolate, and while we live in a country where everyone has the right to eat what they want, I want to say for the record that I don't trust these people, that I think something is wrong with them, and that they're probably - and this must be said - total duds in bed.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: people  live  trust  right  wrong 
     
    All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: work  lies  moment  fiction 
     
    I do think, as crazy as it sounds, that sports is an addiction and that it should be accorded some of the same supports as any other addiction.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: addiction  crazy 
     
    At the end of night, before you close your eyes, be content with what you've done and be proud of who you are.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: night  eyes 
     
    We need books...because we are all, in the private kingdoms of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: heart  friends  true  wise  company 
     
    If you want to fight a cult, you've got to form a cult.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: fight 
     
    People in long-term, monogamous relationships are crushed by the expectation that a partner is going to provide everything they are looking for and wondering why they are dissatisfied when they have four of the ten boxes checked.
    — Steve Almond
    I'm going to proportion more time to organizing and taking action and less time to passively consuming news that is dispiriting me. Part of this will be to get off social media. I know social media is just a tool, but we've been using it in a way that has transformed us from a nation into an audience, passively spectating our own ruin.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: time  action  media 
     
    I've felt pressure to produce long fiction for as long as I've been writing fiction. There's just an incredible bias in the publishing industry toward novels and away from short stories. They're seen as D.O.A. in the marketplace, which seems nuts to me, given that various collections done smashingly and deservedly well in economic terms.
    — Steve Almond
    Obama said, basically, "I wouldn't let any son of mine play football, though I do watch." And that struck me as remarkable! It's like he's saying, yeah, let some other set of parents or guardians put their boys up for that kind of punishment (and for my amusement). But not mine! It's just abject hypocrisy from a guy who should know better.
    — Steve Almond
    There's an invisible army of woman and men who really don't get why we give so much of ourselves to football. And they need to SPEAK UP.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: men  women  football 
     
    Football offers us a sanitized spectacle of combat that has a clear resolution, which we need more and more today given our incoherent overseas "wars."
    — Steve Almond
    tags: football 
     
    Even a hundred and fifty years ago, football was popular because it provided a manly spectacle that lots of men needed, after the industrial revolution. We went from a culture that lived out doors and expanded the frontier and fought the Indians to a bunch of guys in offices. So football provided this jolt, a kind of exalted cult of masculinity. And it still does that. Perhaps even more so today.
    — Steve Almond
    I happen to love football so much and hate myself for loving it.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: hate  loving  football 
     
    The truth is, every sport has been turned into a huge, nihilistic business.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: truth  business 
     
    Capitalism doesn't consider morality. It considers profitability.
    — Steve Almond
    Part of what depresses me so much about football is that it's so clearly about exploiting people, most of them poor boys of color, because of what they can do to entertain us, not because we have any genuine concern for them as people.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: people  poor  boys  football 
     
    Authors should be as involved with the marketing of their books as they want to be. No more, no less. I happen to recognized, quite early on, that no one was going to buy my book if I didn't do everything I could to let them know that the book existed.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: book  author  marketing 
     
    Football is the kind of game where you have to really segregate kids from the general population and kind of colonize their minds. It's more intense and demands more than other sports. And this is why the folks who are involved (as players, coaches, boosters, fans) are so much more devoted to it. It's really a cult, when you think about it.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: mind  kids  games  football 
     
    I don't really think of my narrator in terms of gender. I think of them much more in basic emotional terms. As an author, you either love yer peeps or you don't. There's no such thing as a "masculine voice" or a "feminine voice". Men and women think and speak and act in, like, a zillion different ways. Also, as a gross generalization: women tend to live closer to their feelings than men.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: men  women  live  gender  emotional  author 
     
    You've got all these parents who are projecting their pathologies of fear onto their kids and those kids are understandably messed up. Tragedies happen and that you have to allow kids to experience their own fear and guilt and sorrow. It's the cover-up that really screws people over. Unfortunately, America specializes in cover-ups.
    — Steve Almond
    Most forms of rage, after all, are only sloppy cloaks for grief.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: grief 
     
    There's something incredibly liberating about a holiday that encourages children to take candy from strangers
    — Steve Almond
    Americans seem to be living in a state of fear about the world, one that just keeps intensifying. I mean, look at our cars and homes. They've become these massive barricades. Look at what we watch on TV and in the movies - it's all a bunch of violent ideation. And all these TV shows about dead bodies.
    — Steve Almond
    tags: fear  living  world  body  movie  american  violent 
     
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