Anger, and the self-righteousness that is both the cause and consequence of anger, tends to be easier on the psyche than personal responsibility.

— Barry Eisler

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I wandered the earth a mercenary, daring the gods to kill me but surviving because part of me was already dead.

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The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where you're most at risk.

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I love Japan, and Tokyo is my favorite city.

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If the reader cares, I dont think it matters so much whether your hero is in fact an anti-hero.

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It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably most of us lack such gravitas. Luckily, there's something even better: evidence, logic, and argument.

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I can understand the allure of a venerable Big Six imprint, of a shot at the New York Times list, of a publisher-sponsored book tour, of seeing your hardbacks in bookstores and your paperbacks in supermarkets.

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The City. Can't you hear it? People. Machines. Even thoughts so thick your bones feel it and your ear almost catches it.

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From the outside, the CIA seems pretty exotic, but from the inside, it's a big bureaucratic place. Think 'post office with spies.'

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I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as "forbidden knowledge": methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy stuff, and other things that the government wants only a few select individuals to know.

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Overall, one of the things that excites me most about self-publishing is that the highest-value use of my time in promoting the books will be found in writing more of them.

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The post office actually achieves its mission. I wish we could say the same of the CIA.

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The movie is someone else's art. But it's great marketing for books.

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About Barry Eisler

Quotes 22 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday 1964

Publishing for me is a business, not an ideology.

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After I sold my screenplay adaptation of 'Rain Fall' to Sony Pictures, I had no more creative involvement.

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The National Surveillance State doesn't want anyone to be able to communicate without the authorities being able to monitor that communication.

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If you focus on the risks, they'll multiply in your mind and eventually paralyze you. You want to focus on the task, instead, on doing what needs to be done.

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I make a good living selling hardback books through paper publishers and I have many friends in the industry who will suffer as it changes, so on a personal level the transition to digital isn't something I welcome wholeheartedly.

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When I wrote my eighth thriller, Inside Out, in 2009, the villains were a group of CIA and other government officials who colluded to destroy a series of tapes depicting Americans torturing war-on-terror prisoners.

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The job of the screenplay is to identify and extract the essence of the story from the novel and reconfigure it for the screen, maintaining its essence in a different vehicle.

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Paper publishers are doing everything they can to slow the transition to eBooks because, in a digital world, paper publishers' high hardback margins essentially disappear.

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The strangest thing about the low quality of Internet argument is that effective argument isnt really so difficult. Sure, not everyone can be Clarence Darrow, but anyone who wants to be at least competent at argument can do it.

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