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  • I didn't really expect to be coming to the Oscars.

  • Long, dark, and lovely she had been, in those days before her mind broke and the parts scattered and she let them go.

    Dark   Long   Lovely  
  • I felt like a number of things in me as a writer just clicked.

    Numbers   Felt  
  • I had been born shoved to the margins of the world, sure, but I had volunteered for the pits.

    Pits   World   Born  
  • The opening novel of the 'Bayou Trilogy' was the first one I finished.

  • He unscrewed the lid, set it on the dash, snorted from the bottle twice, banged the steering wheel, and said, 'You got to be ready to die every day - then you got a chance.'

    "Daniel Woodrell: Writer" by Tyler Cabot, www.esquire.com. November 22, 2010.
  • For a long time, I thought you could remain isolated and survive, and I didn't want to change that. But over the last three or four books, I've become more comfortable with the idea that I'm not really throwing anything away by being a bit more open about my books and life.

    Book   Long  
    Source: www.guernicamag.com
  • Fading light buttered the ridges until shadows licked them clean and they were lost to nightfall.

    Light   Shadow   Fading  
    Daniel Woodrell (2012). “Winter's Bone”, p.132, Hachette UK
  • The heart makes dreams seem like ideas.

    Dream   Heart   Ideas  
  • I said shut up once already, with my mouth.

    Mouths   Shut Up   Said  
    "Winter's Bone". www.imdb.com. 2010.
  • I've bumped into at least three people in town who all insist 'Winter's Bone' is about them.

    Winter   People   Three  
  • Pine trees with low limbs spread over fresh snow made a stronger vault for the spirit than pews and pulpits ever could.

    Snow   Tree   Stronger  
  • I, myself, often wished to be spared the expectation of better days ahead or such.

  • Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.

    Ought   Asks  
    Daniel Woodrell (2012). “Winter's Bone”, p.8, Hachette UK
  • Gail had a baby named Ned who was four months old, and a new look of baffled hurt, a left-behind sadness, like she saw that the great world kept spinning onward and away while she'd overnight become glued to her spot.

    Baby   Hurt   Sadness  
    Daniel Woodrell (2012). “Winter's Bone”, p.25, Hachette UK
  • There's an overlap between social-realist fiction and crime fiction - a sweet spot there.

    Sweet   Fiction   Realist  
  • This is how sudden things happened that haunted forever.

  • The heart's in it then, spinning dreams, and torment is on the way. The heart makes dreams seem like ideas.

    Dream   Heart   Ideas  
    Daniel Woodrell (2012). “Winter's Bone”, p.32, Hachette UK
  • Ree, brunette and sixteen, with milk skin and abrupt green eyes, stood bare-armed in a fluttering yellowed dress, face to the wind, her cheeks reddening as if smacked and smacked again.

    Eye   Wind   Skins  
    "Winter's Bone". Book by Daniel Woodrell, 2006.
  • But I've been at writing long enough now to know that every three or four books I have to start a new direction.

    Book   Writing   Long  
  • When I left Iowa, I definitely never wanted to stand in front of a group of academics again and see if they approved of me. I made up my mind to take my work to the actual reading public.

    Reading   Iowa   Mind  
  • Love and hate hold hands always so it made natural sense that they'd get confused by upset married folk in the wee hours once in a while and a nosebleed or bruised breast might result. But it just seemed proof that a great foulness was afoot in the world when a no-strings roll in the hay with a stranger led to chipped teeth or cigarette burns on the wrist.

    Hate   Confused   Hands  
    Daniel Woodrell (2012). “Winter's Bone”, p.32, Hachette UK
  • I'm not one of these people who thinks everyone born into privilege should wear sack cloth and ashes. But it's something I wrestle with. I know a lot of people who live below the poverty level and have for a long time and it makes them uneasy to think they'll have to interact with people from different economic levels. Everyone has some sort of load put on them, whatever the circumstances they're born into.

    Thinking   Long   People  
    Source: www.guernicamag.com
  • A person has to show some spirit -- fate just about never shines on chickenshits.

    Fate   Shine On   Shining  
  • When I started to be a writer, I was not going to run the risk of boring you.

    Running   Risk   Boring  
  • I always loved the verve and vivacity of pulp and I kind of merged it with my own interest in family stories.

    Stories   Kind   Vivacity  
  • I was not much used to women except for mothers. Everything I did, they did different.

    Mother   Different   Used  
    Daniel Woodrell (1999). “Ride with the Devil”, p.93, Simon and Schuster
  • It's not always to the benefit of the story to have it so preordained.

    "Chest Deep in Southern Literature: A Conversation with Daniel Woodrell". Interview with Brendan Dowling, publiclibrariesonline.org. May 20, 2013.
  • I have a book in the pipeline of short stories. You want to hear an agent scream, say 'I'm thinking about doing a collection of short stories set in the Ozarks.

    Book   Thinking   Ozarks  
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