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  • . . . nobody every taught you loyalty . . .

    Loyalty   Taught  
  • The next day, she was silent. For breakfast, she murdered an onion and served it raw.

  • Orphans are the only ones who get to choose their fathers, and they love them twice as much.

    Father   Orphan  
  • The urge to create a fictional narrative is a mysterious one, and when an idea comes, the writer's sense of what a story wants to be is only vaguely visible through the penumbra of inspiration.

    "The Call For Collaboration" by Adam Johnson, therumpus.net. March 3, 2009.
  • I'd known that the visit would be highly scripted and that genuine interactions with citizens wouldn't be possible, since it's illegal for them to speak with foreigners. Still, I'd thought I'd had a unique look at North Korea, only to discover I was wrong.

    Unique   Korea   Would Be  
  • Life brings what it brings. I might be young but I've learnt this: prepare for each blind corner with your strongest shoulder dropped, ready to smash through whatever is thrown at you next. Once the dust clears you will be standing tall, a champion, a victor. NOTHING will be able to knock you down once you've taken the biggest hits this life has to offer, so come on life, BRING IT!

  • I thought that, with so much current attention focused on the topic of North Korea, I might share what I think are three books which cast a rare light on the elusive realm of North Korea.

    Book   Thinking   Light  
  • A good story feels both surprising and inevitable, fresh and familiar.

    "The Call For Collaboration" by Adam Johnson, therumpus.net. March 3, 2009.
  • Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center.

    Book   Character   Years  
  • But, in North Korea, it's just the opposite. There's one story. It's written by the Kim regime. And 23 million people are conscripted to be secondary characters. There, as a youth, your aptitude towards certain jobs is measured, and the rest of your life is dictated, whether you'll be a fisherman or a farmer or an opera singer.

    Jobs   Character   Korea  
  • Sometimes in life, things happen that will knock you back. Hell, you may get beaten to your knees but you must never ALLOW this world to knock you down! Conjure up all the strength you have and drive through whatever it is keeping you on your knees. Build up the strength and your knees may never buckle again!

  • I know it really sounds cheesy, but I did feel a duty to try to tell the stories of people who couldn't speak for themselves.

    People   Cheesy   Trying  
  • In America, the stories we tell ourselves and we tell each other in fiction have to do with individualism. Every person here is the center of his or her own story. And our job as people and as characters is to find our own motivations and desires, to overcome conflicts and obstacles toward defining ourselves so that we grow and change.

  • Writing is hard work, and if anything's true about the process, it's that fact that a good story is hard to find and even trickier to get on paper. What's less romantic than staring alone at a blank screen? And edgy? I've changed the cat little because I didn't know what my characters were going to say next.

  • All the lessons you need to learn in life, he said, will be taught to you by your enemy.

    Enemy   Needs   Lessons  
    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.236, Random House
  • In my experience, ghosts are made up only of the living, people you know are out there but are forever out of range

    People   Forever   Ghost  
  • For an entire populace, change, growth, and spontaneity were dangerous. Acting upon a personal desire, whispering a hidden longing, revealing your true feelings - all the human actions we think of as essential to a character - had be censored by the self lest they be punished by the state.

  • The darkness inside your head is something your imagination fills with stories that have nothing to do with the real darkness around you.

    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.15, Random House
  • The light, the sky, the water, they were all things you looked *through* during the day. At night, they were things you looked *into*. You looked *into* the stars, you looked *into* dark rollers and the surprising platinum flash of their caps.

    Stars   Dark   Night  
    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.41, Random House
  • I am a champion standing over the shadow of my former self.

  • "A name isn't a person." Ga said. "Don't ever remember someone by their name. To keep someone alive, you put them inside you, you put their face on your heart. Then, no matter where you are, they're always with you because they're a part of you."

    Heart   Names   Alive  
    "The Orphan Master's Son".
  • Use your imagination only on the future, never on the present or the past.

    Past   Imagination   Use  
    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.109, Random House
  • What good's a captive without her captor?

  • The death of dictator Kim Jong-Il has cast all eyes on North Korea, a country without literature or freedom or truth.

    Country   Eye   Korea  
  • Had she never been hungry enough to eat a flower? Did she not know that you could eat daisies, daylilies, pansies, and marigolds? That hungry enough, a person could consume the bright faces of violas, even the stems of dandelions and the bitter hips of roses?

    Life   Flower   Rose  
    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.252, Random House
  • Today, tomorrow," she said. "A day is nothing. A day is just a match you strike after the ten thousand matches before it have gone out.

    Gone   Today   Tomorrow  
  • But people do things to survive, and then after they survive, they can't live with what they've done.

    People   Done  
    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.68, Random House
  • Like putting a name to my problems would solve anything

    Names   Problem   Solve  
  • Where we are from... [s]tories are factual. If a farmer is declared a music virtuoso by the state, everyone had better start calling him maestro. And secretly, he'd be wise to start practicing the piano. For us, the story is more important than the person. If a man and his story are in conflict, it is the man who must change.

    Wise   Men   Piano  
  • [I]n communism, you'd threaten a dog into compliance, while in capitalism, obedience is obtained through bribes.

    Adam Johnson (2012). “The Orphan Master's Son”, p.136, Random House
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