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Jim Harrison Quotes

After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.

Because most writers have totally unrealistic concepts of how publishing works.

Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.

I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.

I can write anywhere.

I couldn't run a tight schedule, and if you're any good at teaching, you get sucked dry because you like your students and you're trying to help them, but you don't have any time left to write yourself.

I do have trouble with titles.

I don't know what psychotherapy does. I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.

I enjoy about 1 out of 100 movies, it's about the same proportion to books published that I care to read.

I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500 for my first book of poems.

I rarely read or buy a book because of a review.

I see more genuine sociability between the races in Mississippi than I see in Michigan. No question.

I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris, New York and Chicago.

I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant to write a memoir than it was.

I used to get criticized for putting food in novels.

I write novellas because I don't like loose sprawling prose.

I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because as a native of that state it's the place I know best.

I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist.

I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there.