Rachel Kushner

Prayer is so complicated.Rachel Kushner

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One is sometimes meant to reassure the reader that she's qualified to write about a certain topic.Rachel Kushner

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Painting was a problem - you produce a thing, and then you sell it and get money, and that was quickly considered totally uncool.Rachel Kushner

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I have never liked the 'Been there done that' thing... You hear that all the time from people, and I think it's just based on pure insecurity... Each person is going to have their own unique take on something.Rachel Kushner

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I knew that I wanted to write about a very young woman because I wanted to see the eyes of the art world in a fresh or even slightly naive way. Because there's something very honest about entering a room and not having a read on everyone there.Rachel Kushner

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These women were taking over these former manufacturing warehouses in SoHo and figuring out a way to be fashionable and viable without money. It's hard to imagine a life like that in Manhattan now - there's something romantic about it.Rachel Kushner

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For me, everything about the telling is guided by tone. It's a bit mysterious; it's either there, or it isn't.Rachel Kushner

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The interaction between the two matters, but to me, each doesn't really exist independently of the other, so I'm not ever faced with a situation where the tone is wrong for the story, or the story wrong for the tone. They are two parts of one thing.Rachel Kushner

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I know what it's like to go very fast on motorcycles. Those moments, they stay with you.Rachel Kushner

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Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I've long known of it as a unique entity that makes a place for writers - one more aspect of this exceptional film festival in the Colorado Alps.Rachel Kushner

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Growing up, I was not told that there were women's areas of preoccupation or male ones.Rachel Kushner

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My dad had a Vincent Black Shadow, which was a quite particular thing: it was the fastest cycle of its era... It sparked a world for me; when I was old enough, I got a motorcycle.Rachel Kushner

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I don't have any outside view of myself, and if I did, I would probably be creatively inhibited. I just write in the way that I write.Rachel Kushner

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I don't really know what the Great American Novel is. I like the idea that there could be one now, and I wouldn't object if someone thought it was mine, but I don't claim to have written that - I just wrote my book.Rachel Kushner

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A historical event represents the best and the worst of that moment.Rachel Kushner

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There were people in Cuba who truly had substantial things to gain from revolution. There were people who had things to lose in the revolution. I think they're all allowed to have their memories of what happened.Rachel Kushner

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It's a cliche, and in a way it's a conservative idea about fiction, but I did learn the hard way that plot does need to dictate the story.Rachel Kushner

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Even if it happened in real life - and oftentimes, especially if it happened in real life - it might not work in fiction.Rachel Kushner

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Art is something special because it can come up with a way of approaching the truth that is a little to the side.Rachel Kushner

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A novel is not a rant.Rachel Kushner

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I'd say it's okay to be political and to be a writer. Those streams can be separate, and they can be connected; for me, they're both. Life is political, and I'm interested in my community and in a lot of issues - some of them American, some global.Rachel Kushner

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Some writers think that fiction is the space of great neutrality where all humans share the same concerns, and we are all alike. I don't think so. I'm interested in class warfare because I think it's real.Rachel Kushner

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I spent a huge amount of time by myself. I daydreamed and learned how to be alone and not be lonely.Rachel Kushner

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I'm drawn in some strangely natural way to immersing myself in a milieu whose rules I don't understand, where there are things you can't access simply by being intelligent or doing well in school.Rachel Kushner

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I have enormous respect for people who are gifted mechanics.Rachel Kushner

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I am not fond of lengthy descriptions of phony artworks.Rachel Kushner

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When the art world is done wrong, a reader's faith is lost and possibly not recuperable.Rachel Kushner

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Artists complain about the art world until it starts rubbing their back, then they have their love affair with it.Rachel Kushner

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Art is like a stock with a decent return for people in finance, and they get to feel like they are involved with culture, spend time with artists, as part of their dividend.Rachel Kushner

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I don't pay attention to auction prices. Nothing interests me less. One of the benefits of not being an artist is I don't have to navigate the social hierarchies of the art world as a person of desire. I don't need anything. I live in a different way.Rachel Kushner

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