Scott McClanahan quotes

  • I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It’s just a painting.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Looks #Painting #Just Realized

  • Writing should be like skirts. Long enough to cover what it needs to cover and short enough to maintain interest.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Writing #Long #Needs

  • Most book things now (with a few exceptions) are just built around nice, safe books written for nice and safe book club readers. These are usually the books you see on display at Barnes and Noble. These Internet writers are like literary terrorists to me. They're training as we speak. They're getting ready to invade. They're building an army.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Nice #Book #Army

  • I have no interest in being a trained ballerina. People should dance how they want to dance. I want to be the funky chicken.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #People #Want #Ballerina

  • Samuel Clemens isn't Mark Twain. Mark Twain is Mark Twain. He doesn't become the thing until he creates himself.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Mark

  • We like something because someone else liked it.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Like Something

  • "He Stopped Loving Her Today" a fascinating book about the making of a record. Really, to be honest, it has some of the best George Jones anecdotes I've ever read, like cocaine psychosis causing this personality called "the Duck."
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Book #Ducks #Psychosis

  • It's like that where these little anecdotes come through, and I guess that's what I like about books like that [He Stopped Loving Her Today]. Fiction now is so experiential.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Book #Anecdotes #Fiction

  • [He Stopped Loving Her Today] is all about the experience of being alive and the thought process of consciousness, and then you have these polemical essay-type things going on for a couple decades now. Some of these music books are where you're going to see an anecdote of a person behaving without some kind of commentary.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Couple #Book #Anecdotes

  • The things that I have loved have always been those extremes where there has been some kind of apocalypse in the person's life, and they come out unscathed or scathed.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Kind #Apocalypse #Extremes

  • This [Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times Of An American Original] is another one of those books with the perfect blend of anecdote and analysis. The analysis is built into the anecdote. It has that right feel about it. It's not too scholarly, either.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Book #Perfect #Anecdotes

  • So much of our culture is bought and manufactured - not to say great art can't come out of that. Some art is really amazing that is manufactured and sold, like action movies and stuff.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Art #Culture #Stuff

  • I guess the things I have always loved are from people who were just being themselves. They were doing these things because they couldn't do it any other way. It was for them.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #People #Way #Just Being

  • With my stuff, I think I've tried. I've been courted. I don't want to sound like an asshole, but I've been courted to be someone who could sell a lot of books.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Book #Thinking #Sound

  • I think maybe it's my personality. People don't like my face.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Thinking #People #Personality

  • It's weird. People want you to know that they write. They want you to know they're a musician, rather than making music or making stories. It's the strangest thing.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Writing #People #Musician

  • There was a lot of tension between my dad and his mother and brothers. Sometimes when I was over there, I remember thinking, "I don't want to get shot."
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Mother #Brother #Dad

  • I'm shocked and surprised by people that are shocked and surprised that certain things in life are made up or not as true as you might believe them to be.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Believe #Things In Life #People

  • New York exists for me. Not me for it.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #New York

  • Fellini is a just a province kid. Rome exists for Fellini, not the other way around.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Kids #Rome #Way

  • You can write songs about your comic books and the girl or boy you sort of know and your mom and dad and it's all right there in front of you.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Girl #Mom #Song

  • Only cool people care about the origin stories of why they like something, and I'm not cool.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #People #Stories #Care

  • I don't think anybody does anything anymore without commenting on why they're doing it or making fun of it as they're doing it.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Fun #Thinking #Doe

  • I'm sure we're going to find out one day that the brain is as worthless as the appendix.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Brain #One Day #Appendix

  • I think a pretty good modus operandi is to believe that everything we know is wrong. The stomach will be the key to depression or consciousness or we'll realize ants are smarter than people.
    -- Scott McClanahan

    #Believe #Thinking #Keys