1. 10

    I work out four days a week in the off-season, and in the warm, running weather months, I do five days. A push/pull regime of weightlifting, cycling, and the occasional Saturday or Sunday run with my oldest son, even if it's cold out.

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  2. 9

    I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative.

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  3. 8

    What's so exciting and terrifying about the writing process is that it really is an act of exploration and discovery. With all of us, not just writers, there is a sort of knowledge of the other. We have a lot more in common than we realize, and I think writing is really a sustained act of empathy.

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  4. 7

    We are all living this dance and it is clearly fraught with making choices. Lots of my choices are bad and that's normal. None of us are attractive at all times. What is attractive to me is authenticity.

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  5. 6

    As a young victim of bullying and then, later, a vindictive perpetrator of violence myself, I've known both sides of this experience, and I tried very hard in the writing here to be as absolutely honest as I possibly could, to not romanticize myself or my past actions or cowardly inactions in any way.

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  6. 5

    I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad.

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  7. 4

    I got a degree in sociology, didn't read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it.

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  8. 3

    One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you canโ€™t drag the reader through everything. Every human life is worth 20 memoirs.

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  9. 2

    I see a lot of marriages crash and burn around me and my wife. I've always been curious about how hard it is to love well and be loved.

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  10. 1

    Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.

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