Jeff VanderMeer Quotes.

1. "Ten years ago, we would have been writing perfect stories, but people's attention spans have become more limited in these, the last days of literacy."
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

2. "Perhaps [he had] persevered for too long, in the face of too many obstacles, his hair proof of his tenacity - the stark black streaked with white or, in certain light, stark white shot through with black, each strand of white attributable to the jungle fever (so cold it burned, his skin glacial), each strand of black a testament to being alive afterwards."
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

3. "If people were not by nature insane and resistant to self-improvement or therapy,"
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

4. "No doubt the detour to deliver Lake had made the sheep late for an appointment."
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

5. "Take two pictures representing the same subject; one may be dismissed as illustration if it is dominated by the subject and has no other justification but the subject, the other may be called painting if the subject is completely absorbed in the style, which is its own justification, whatever the subject, and has an intrinsic value."
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

6. "When Dradin stopped running he found himself on the fringe of the religious quarter, next to an emaciated macadamia salesman who cracked jokes like nuts."
- Jeff VanderMeer, City of Saints and Madmen

7. "Whenever I write first drafts, I like to maximize the possibility of f-ups, mistakes, mis-written words, digressions, crazy changes in tone, etc. This is why I don't use outlining software or even a computer and why I spread pages and images and research materials kinda crazy across the table. Never know what'll happen."
- Quote by Jeff VanderMeer

8. "Observation had always meant more to me than interaction."
- Quote by Jeff VanderMeer

9. "Yet, I also began to have the sense, fostered in part by the cross-contamination of research, that around the world enclaves that never knew one another—writers who could not have read each other—still had communicated across decades and across vast distances, had stared up at the same shared unfamiliar constellations in the night sky, heard the same unearthly music: a gorgeous choir of unique yet interlocking imaginations and visions and phantoms. At such times, you wonder as both a writer and an editor if you are creating narrative or merely serving as a conduit for what was already there."
- Quote by Jeff VanderMeer

10. "In college, what had always stuck with him in Astronomy 101 was that the first astronomers to think of points of light not as part of a celestial tapestry revolving around the earth but as individual planets had had to wrench their imaginations--and thus their analogies and metaphors--out of a grooved track that had been running through everyone's minds for hundreds and hundreds of years."
- Quote by Jeff VanderMeer

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