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#1. Do books, after all, change anything? For all their proverbial liberalism, have they made the world more liberal? Or have they offered the fig leaf that allows us to go on as we were, liberal in our reading and conservative in our living. Perhaps art is more part of the problem than the solution; we may be going to hell, but look how well we write about it, look at our paintings and operas and tragedies. - Author: Tim Parks
Contemporary Literature quotes by Tim Parks
#2. I called it a baptism in flaming ink that forced me to shed my shyness about recognizing myself as a poet and to accept the fact that life had never given me any choice in the matter. And then I had to discover exactly what that meant. - Author: Aberjhani
Contemporary Literature quotes by Aberjhani
#3. Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society ... loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read. - Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Contemporary Literature quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#4. If you read any poetry or stories coming out these days, you know what I mean when I say that you can smell the stench of liquor coming from the words they write. And underneath their sentences lies a pile of chicken and goat bones, and the skeletons of the innocent ones. If you poke the head of the broom into contemporary literature, you'll find a hollow wall stuffed full of money - impure, dirty money. - Author: Uday Prakash
Contemporary Literature quotes by Uday Prakash
#5. Listen kiddo, by the time you grow up you'll have collected a whole lot of this 'dirt of life' stuff, right, you won't know where it's coming from but it'll pile up, and clothes and pearls won't look as beautiful to you as they do now -- that's for sure. The problem is that dirt, see? You can't ever settle down in one place, you've got to live like you're always, always staring way off into the distance. - Author: Banana Yoshimoto
Contemporary Literature quotes by Banana Yoshimoto
#6. When she was living one of her fantasies she felt like a bird, the freedom of its wings letting her soar without earthly boundaries, enabling her to look on to her vividly imagined scenes from a great height. - Author: Wendy Anne Gibbins-Lekkou
Contemporary Literature quotes by Wendy Anne Gibbins-Lekkou
#7. Characters should be interchangeable as between one book and another. The entire corpus of existing literature should be regarded as a limbo from which discerning authors could draw their characters as required, creating only when they failed to find a suitable existing puppet. The modern novel should be largely a work of reference. Most authors spend their time saying what has been said before – usually said much better. A wealth of references to existing works would acquaint the reader instantaneously with the nature of each character, would obviate tiresome explanations and would effectively preclude mountebanks, upstarts, thimble-riggers and persons of inferior education from an understanding of contemporary literature. - Author: Flann O'Brien
Contemporary Literature quotes by Flann O'Brien
#8. I [...] squarely and enthusiastically recommend ['Hey Boy' by A.W.W. Bremont][...]. [...][T]he start of a no doubt stellar oeuvre to come. - Author: Dennis Cooper
Contemporary Literature quotes by Dennis Cooper
#9. Shortly before school started, I moved into a studio apartment on a quiet street near the bustle of the downtown in one of the most self-conscious bends of the world. The "Gold Coast" was a neighborhood that stretched five blocks along the lake in a sliver of land just south of Lincoln Park and north of River North. The streets were like fine necklaces and strung together were the brownstone houses and tall condominiums and tiny mansions like pearls, and when the day broke and the sun faded away, their lights burned like jewels shining gaudily in the night.
The world's most elegant bazaar, Michigan Avenue, jutted out from its eastern tip near The Drake Hotel and the timeless blue-green waters of Lake Michigan pressed its shores. The fractious make-up of the people that inhabited it, the flat squareness of its parks and the hint of the lake at the ends of its tree-lined streets squeezed together a domesticated cesspool of age and wealth and standing. It was a place one could readily dress up for an expensive dinner at one of the fashionable restaurants or have a drink miles high in the lounge of the looming John Hancock Building and five minutes later be out walking on the beach with pants cuffed and feet in the cool water at the lake's edge. - Author: Daniel Amory
Contemporary Literature quotes by Daniel Amory
#10. ...grown up with very bad contemporary literature, and they find it much more fifficult to approach earlier writing than we do. The more we have known of the really good things, the more insipid the thin lemonade of later literature becomes, sometimes almost to the point of making us sick. Do you know a work of literature written in the last, say, fifteen years that you think has any lasting quality? I don't. It is partly idle chatter, partly propaganda, partly self-pitying sentimentality, but there is no insight, no ideas, no clarity, no substance and almost always the language is bad and constrained. - Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Contemporary Literature quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
#11. Young girls think they know what their hearts desire, what they want the most. When really, we know nothing of love, devotion and utter loyalty. Not until we break our own hearts when we learn that what we desire is nothing like what we thought it would be. ~Papercut Doll - Author: Alexia Purdy
Contemporary Literature quotes by Alexia Purdy
#12. I searched modern fiction and poetry for clues to how we confronted and evaded reality, how we articulated our experience and turned to language not to revel ourselves but to hide. I was as sure then as I am now that by looking at contemporary Iranian fiction I could gain access to a real understanding of political and social events. (p289) - Author: Azar Nafisi
Contemporary Literature quotes by Azar Nafisi
#13. I think that the cultural dominance of narrative forms that seduce you with character and plot perhaps at the expense of ideas, like The Magic Mountain [won't last]. Starvation sharpens the appetite. - Author: David Mitchell
Contemporary Literature quotes by David Mitchell
#14. How should you read? What should the diet of your reading be? Read the best writers from all different periods; keep your reading of contemporaries in proportion - you do not want a steady diet of contemporary literature. You already belong to your time. - Author: Lydia Davis
Contemporary Literature quotes by Lydia Davis
#15. Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger. - Author: Michael N. Castle
Contemporary Literature quotes by Michael N. Castle
#16. There are no backwaters where things can breed - our connectivity is so high and so global that there are no more Seattles and no more Haight-Ashburys. We've arrived at a level of commodification that may have negated the concept of counterculture. - Author: William Gibson
Contemporary Literature quotes by William Gibson
#17. To recount modern life one has to have characters with iPads and smart phones who take trains and planes, and to be aware how this alters consciousness, identity, and the kind of experiences people have. They are constantly exposed to contact from everyone they know and many they don't. - Author: Tim Parks
Contemporary Literature quotes by Tim Parks
#18. Ari's words felt like drops of sunlight upon my skin, and my frame was burning with longing. - Author: Petra March
Contemporary Literature quotes by Petra March
#19. Nursing is more than a career; it is a calling. Nurses are remarkable. Yet contemporary literature largely neglects them. - Author: Alexandra Robbins
Contemporary Literature quotes by Alexandra Robbins
#20. My own mother was evacuated at the age of five during World War Two and my father was a young man working as an ARP warden. This novel is purely fictitious, but I wanted to explore the traumas that many ordinary people of the war generation suffered, experiences which would be quite unimaginable to many of us today and then to contrast them with the issues we all face in the modern day. - Author: Deborah Stone
Contemporary Literature quotes by Deborah   Stone
#21. The thing that I think a lot of us forget is that part of the fault is the books ... you get this sort of cycle that as they become less important commercially they begin protecting their egos by talking more and more to each other and establishing themselves as this kind of tight cloistered world that doesn't really have anything to do with regular readers. - Author: David Foster Wallace
Contemporary Literature quotes by David Foster Wallace
#22. Beneath all the chatter and the liturgy runs a fierce nostalgia for the literary myths of the past, for the gigantic figures of Dickens and Joyce, Hemingway and Faulkner. A writer can't even aim at that kind of aura today. But it's that yearning for imagined greatness that drives the whole literary enterprise. Plus the publishers' desperation to manufacture a bestseller to pay the bills. The idea of greatness is a marketing tool. See Franzen. - Author: Tim Parks
Contemporary Literature quotes by Tim Parks
#23. Before I could respond, I looked out the window again and as if in response to my thoughts, I saw Cooper walking up my driveway. My jaw dropped. I peeked around the kitchen doorframe. Mom was still lost to the television. I turned and looked out the window to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. No, it was really him. And he had a horse walking beside him. How clichéd could it get? - Author: Pixie Lynn Whitfield
Contemporary Literature quotes by Pixie Lynn Whitfield
#24. The house was the color of baby vomit. - Author: Pixie Lynn Whitfield
Contemporary Literature quotes by Pixie Lynn Whitfield
#25. Contemporary literature can be classified under three headings: the neurotic, the erotic and the tommy-rotic. - Author: W. Giese
Contemporary Literature quotes by W. Giese
#26. Of all the unexpected things in contemporary literature, this is among the oddest: that kids have an inordinate appetite for very long, very tricky, very strange books about places that don't exist. - Author: Adam Gopnik
Contemporary Literature quotes by Adam Gopnik
#27. My stories are full of facts; they have a beginning and an end. For that reason, they will never ... occupy a place in contemporary literature. - Author: Italo Calvino
Contemporary Literature quotes by Italo Calvino
#28. For the judging of contemporary literature the only test is one's personal taste. If you much like a new book, you must call it literature even though you find no other soul to agree with you, and if you dislike a book you must declare that it is not literature though a million voices should shout you that you are wrong. The ultimate decision will be made by Time. - Author: Ford Madox Ford
Contemporary Literature quotes by Ford Madox Ford
#29. But how wonderful when the tale is told,
And the message that is meant for us
Opens like the scents of a mountain flower! - Author: Mazisi Kunene
Contemporary Literature quotes by Mazisi Kunene
#30. Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature. - Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Contemporary Literature quotes by Vladimir Nabokov
#31. I love you, Gideon."
"God." He looked at me with something that resembled disgust. Whether it was directed at me or himself, I didn't know. "How can you say that?"
"Because it's the truth."
"You just see this" - he gestured at himself with a wave of his hand. "You're not seeing the fucked-up, broken mess inside."
I inhaled sharply. "You can say that to me? When you know I'm fucked up and broken, too? - Author: Sylvia Day
Contemporary Literature quotes by Sylvia Day
#32. Lily's innocence has me wanting to both corrupt and protect her in equal measure. Nothing is stopping me from doing both. She's the type of woman I've been unknowingly searching for. - Author: Rene Webb
Contemporary Literature quotes by Rene Webb
#33. The difficulty with women in film and literature is similar to the cultural minority, in that they are often a plot device rather than a character unto themselves. For example, even a strong woman may appear alongside a man in a story, but she ultimately is part of the hero's overall goal; something to be won, or an element of his proving himself is winning her affections, or being captured or killed in order to send the hero into overdrive to complete his mission. In a story where she is the main protagonist, she often has to shed her femininity in order to complete the task. The fact that they are women overtakes from their serving the story as a character, rather than an object. Cultural minorities often appear to portray a view of their culture; the Russian will be a Russian and do Russian things. The woman will be contrary, or compensate for her womanhood by being overtly tough and masculine, or sexy and seductive therefore manipulative and ultimately something for the hero to either deny or conquer. A great example of the culture stigma NOT being exploited is in Wentworth: Doreen is an aboriginal, we see that, but being an aboriginal doesn't play as a device. It's a part of her, not the overruling definition of her, and while issues pop up regarding the fact, they are not at the forefront of the character. Women, it seems, are even more ingrained in our minds as elements or objects which only appear in order to have a titillating effect on the audience, or to serve anot - Author: Max Davine
Contemporary Literature quotes by Max Davine
#34. I like all sorts of things, not necessarily just Victorian. Even though I tend to read a lot of Victorian novels, I like a lot of contemporary stuff. - Author: Colin Meloy
Contemporary Literature quotes by Colin Meloy
#35. Well, the thing that I suppose is closest to my heart is Shakespeare. I really am a nerd about Shakespeare, I love it [laughs] and the reason why is because he's one of the wisest, most compassionate writers in the course of Western literature, in the course of all literature. And he understood human nature so deeply, not just our great capacity for virtue and for goodness, and for love, but our capacity for pain and destruction and anger. - Author: Tom Hiddleston
Contemporary Literature quotes by Tom Hiddleston
#36. Antanas eased up on the accelerator and pulled the truck onto the shoulder. The sound of the soldiers' footsteps crunching in the snow made Maria sit up straight. The truck had driven about thirty metres past the patrol, but none of the soldiers had fired upon them. Antanas hoped fervently that the transport documents that Peter had furnished him would pass inspection. Maria reached down and touched a metal pipe concealed beneath her seat. She was prepared to use it.

Jadwyga continued to pray quietly. "Mother Mary, spare me, Maria, and the other women from rape, and Antanas from death."

As a sergeant approached the truck, Jadwyga's stomach cramped, sweat broke out on her forehead, and her arms began to shake. Then she fainted. Maria propped Jadwyga up to make it look as though she was sleeping, and then smiled at the sergeant who was rapping on the glass.

Antanas rolled down his window. - Author: Mark Creedon
Contemporary Literature quotes by Mark Creedon
#37. Realism is for lazy-minded, semi-educated people whose atrophied imagination allows them to appreciate only the most limited and convention subject matter. Re-Fi is a repetitive genre written by unimaginative hacks who rely on mere mimesis. If they had any self-respect they'd be writing memoir, but they're too lazy to fact-check. Of course I never read Re-Fi. But the kids keep bringing home these garish realistic novels and talking about them, so I know that it's an incredibly narrow genre, completely centered on one species, full of worn-out cliches and predictable situations--the quest for the father, mother-bashing, obsessive male lust, dysfunctional suburban families, etc., etc. All it's good for is being made into mass-market movies. Given its old-fashioned means and limited subject matter, realism is quite incapable of describing the complexity of contemporary experience. - Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
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#38. Like some wondrous birds out of fairy tales, books sang their songs to me and spoke to me as though communing with one languishing in prison; they sang of the variety and richness of life, of man's audacity in his strivings towards goodness and beauty. - Author: Maxim Gorky
Contemporary Literature quotes by Maxim Gorky
#39. Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education. - Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Contemporary Literature quotes by Chuck Palahniuk
#40. Surely it is an odd way to spend your life - sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice. - Author: Paul Auster
Contemporary Literature quotes by Paul Auster
#41. Behind the big names of twentieth-century literature there stands a shadow cabinet of writers waiting to take over once the Wind of Change has blown. My own vote goes to Hugh Kingsmill as leader of this opposition. - Author: Hugh Kingsmill
Contemporary Literature quotes by Hugh Kingsmill
#42. Juliet laughed. "I am not the first woman to tell you that she finds you attractive."

"No," he said, again almost as if he was thinking out loud. "But you're the first to lay it out like that. And the first with the scar."

"I'm not," she said, with absolute confidence. "I might be the first to say it, but no, Saywer, other women have found that hot too. I promise you. - Author: Erin Nicholas
Contemporary Literature quotes by Erin Nicholas
#43. As for my damned literature, God knows what a business it is, grinding along without a scrap of inspiration or a note of style. But it has to be ground, and the mill grinds exceeding slowly though not particularly small ... The treadmill turns; and, with a kind of desperate cheerfulness, I mount the idle stair. - Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Contemporary Literature quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson
#44. Vanity ! vanity ! and vanity everywhere, even on the brink of the grave, and among men ready to die for the highest convictions. Vanity ! It must be that it is a characteristic trait, and a peculiar malady of our century. Why was nothing ever heard among the men of former days, of this passion, any more than of the small-pox or the cholera ? Why did Homer and Shakspeare talk of love, of glory, of suffering, while the literature of our age is nothing but an endless narrative of snobs and vanity ? - Author: Leo Tolstoy
Contemporary Literature quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#45. Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. - Author: George Henry Lewes
Contemporary Literature quotes by George Henry Lewes
#46. Man has created some lovely dwellings, some soul-stirring literature. He has done much to alleviate physical pain. But he has not ... created a substitute for a sunset, a grove of pines, the music of the winds, the dank smell of the deep forest, or the shy beauty of a wildflower. - Author: Harvey Broome
Contemporary Literature quotes by Harvey Broome
#47. These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice ... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart. - Author: Gilbert Highet
Contemporary Literature quotes by Gilbert Highet
#48. I want to know what it feels like to kiss a guy. And you've had a lot of practice, so I know you're a good kisser.
Are you simultaneously complimenting me and calling me a whore? - Author: Abigail Roux
Contemporary Literature quotes by Abigail Roux
#49. What is well done, I feel as if I did; what is ill-done, I reck not of. - Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Contemporary Literature quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#50. In the infinite universe of literature there are always other avenues to explore, some brand-new and some exceedingly ancient, styles and forms that can change our image of the world. And when literature fails to assure me that I'm not merely chasing dreams, I look to science to sustain my visions in which all heaviness dissolves . . . - Author: Italo Calvino
Contemporary Literature quotes by Italo Calvino
#51. The mystery of light [and] the enigma of time form the twin pivots around which all my work revolves. In addition ... my work attempts to create a mythology for our contemporary world. - Author: Clarence John Laughlin
Contemporary Literature quotes by Clarence John Laughlin
#52. It is better to rust out than wear out. - Author: Edwin Markham
Contemporary Literature quotes by Edwin Markham
#53. There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method. - Author: Herman Melville
Contemporary Literature quotes by Herman Melville
#54. We must protect the minority writers because they are the research workers of literature. They keep it alive. It has been fashionable of late to seek out and force such writers into more popular channels, to the detriment of both writer and an unprepared public. - Author: Anais Nin
Contemporary Literature quotes by Anais Nin
#55. I want you to need me but not half as much as I want you to want me. - Author: Siobhan Davis
Contemporary Literature quotes by Siobhan Davis
#56. I think that's why I love to read. I'll read almost anything - mystery, suspense, slice of life - but what I really love is romance. Contemporary is good, Historical is better, Paranormal is the best. - Author: S.T. Prussing
Contemporary Literature quotes by S.T. Prussing
#57. Feel free to check out the hotel and talk to the staff," he said slipping out of bed. "And I'm happy to give you an up-close look at what we're doing." When she didn't answer, he glanced over his shoulder. Then cleared his throat.
Her attention jumped from his ass to his face. "Sorry, what did you say/"
"I said
"
She sat up, letting the sheet fall to her waist. And damn if she wasn't the most gorgeous thing with her creamy skin, pert breasts, and mussed hair.
He moaned like a guy totally whipped and stalked back to the bed where he climbed on top of her.
"Connor." She giggled and wiggled beneath him. Her arms went around his neck. "What are you doing?"
"Forgetting the time." He kissed her and didn't leave until they'd both had their fill. - Author: Robin Bielman
Contemporary Literature quotes by Robin Bielman
#58. Literature is the great garden that is always there and is open to everyone 24 hours a day. Who tends it? The old tour guides and sylviculturists, the wardens, the fuming parkies in their sweat-soaked serge: these have died off. If you do see an official, a professional, these days, then he's likely to be a scowl in a labcoat, come to flatten a forest or decapitate a peak. The public wanders, with its oohs and ahs, its groans and jeers, its million opinions. The wanderers feed the animals, they walk on the grass, they step in the flowerbeds. But the garden never suffers. It is, of course, Eden; it is unfallen and needs no care. - Author: Martin Amis
Contemporary Literature quotes by Martin Amis
#59. Roberto Cavalli is a great designer. The Just Cavalli brand is very sexy, young and cool. Each collection is very contemporary and colourful; it is clearly for the younger generation who wants to have a trendy look. It's the first fragrance that I have ever done, so it's a huge honour! - Author: Georgia May Jagger
Contemporary Literature quotes by Georgia May Jagger
#60. Oh, honey, this town is full of guys I've dated and broken up with and run into at the gas station and bar on a regular basis. Just because you've seen each other naked is no reason that you can't talk about the weather while standing in the grocery store line. - Author: Erin Nicholas
Contemporary Literature quotes by Erin Nicholas
#61. I've translated a lot of American literature into Japanese, and I think that what makes a good translator is, above all, a feel for language and also a great affection for the work you're translating. If one of those elements is missing the translation won't be worth much. - Author: Haruki Murakami
Contemporary Literature quotes by Haruki Murakami
#62. The author called us to re-examine assumptions bequeathed to us from Greece and Rome. Just as a bridge built by the Roman Empire might have held up tolerably for centuries under foot traffic but crumble under the weight of a modern truck, the author cautions that classical thinking had limits exposed by contemporary events and certainly exposed by the modern world. - Author: Francis A. Schaeffer
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