I think men talk to women so they can sleep with them and women sleep with men so they can talk to them.

— Jay McInerney

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I'd like to have the kind of house someday where a carousel horse wouldn't be out of place in the living room.

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Sometimes I think the difference between what we want and what we're afraid of is about the width of an eyelash.

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The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.

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Delia's arms were inscribed with a grid of self- inflicted wounds, an intricate text of self-loathing

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There's a socialist bias to the consensus of the literary world: a '30s mentality that says factory workers are more worthy of our attention.

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If it's red, French, costs too much, and tastes like the water that's left in the vase after the flowers have died and rotted, it's probably Burgundy.

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You have friends who actually care about you and speak the language of the inner self. You have avoided them of late. Your soul is as disheveled as your apartment, and until you can clean it up a little you don't want to invite anyone inside.

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Bottles of wine aren't like paintings.

At some point you have to consume them. The object in life is to die with no bottles of wine in your cellar. To drink your last bottle of wine and go to sleep that night and not wake up.

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Most novelists I know went through a period of intense self-examination and self-loathing after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. I certainly did.

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Your heartbreak is just another version of the same old story.

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Your presence here is is only a matter of conducting an experiment in limits, reminding yourself of what you aren’t.

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I was fortunate to get a lot of mileage out of my vices .

. . The point is not to be debilitated by your pleasures. Maybe I have lucky genes or something but I've never been truly addicted to anything, except pleasure in general.

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About Jay McInerney

Quotes 57 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday January 13, 1955

Most all of the writers I admired when I was in my teens and twenties died young. Fitzgerald lived the longest. He was 44. Dylan Thomas was 39. And then once you're approaching 40, you suddenly think, "Well, maybe I would like to live longer than Fitzgerald or Thomas."

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I realized that I might not ever make it as a writer, that it might be because I wasn't good enough, or that it might be because the odds were just too long.

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If being a spokesman for a generation is a fleeting occupation, being a symbol of an era is downright dangerous for anyone who has the bad luck to outlive it.

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The only sensible approach is not to take it too seriously. What counts is the writing.

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Mine is not an autonomous imagination.

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The only thing worse for smoking than drinking is quitting drinking.

Because then it's the only thing you can do.

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Anybody who becomes a movie star becomes successful at projecting a certain image to the public.

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There is a type of writer that can happily bury themselves in the country and dig very deep, but I'm not like that.

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Everything becomes symbol and irony when you've been betrayed

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There is a shabby nobility in failing all by yourself.

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Reading a novel is just a much more involving and intimate experience than the act of watching a film. I mean, you literally get inside of a novelist's head, and you invest many hours to do so.

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We've been hearing about the death of the novel ever since the day after Don Quixote was published.

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The most interesting things that happen in my books are usually the things that arise spontaneously, the things that surprise me.

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There aren't many shy writers left.

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Great minds sink alike, right?

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It's the cynics who never get married.

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I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they're going.

But I find writing is a process of discovery.

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A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors.

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Tim Thornton's portrait of a pop culture obsession is so convincing that one can't help wishing that his fictional alt rock band actually existed, or suspecting that they did. The Alternative Hero is a weirdly compelling portrait of fanatic fandom which reads like High Fidelity at high volume.

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Sometimes I think everything I touch turns into a Page Six item.

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I love to imagine inside the head of a woman.

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You described the feeling you’d always had of being misplaced, of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt. That you always believed that other people had a clearer idea of what they were doing, and didn’t worry quite so much about why.

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Most of the people I write about have been ambitious outlanders who have been attracted to New York from other parts of the world.

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I don't want to have my life fall apart for my work.

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The 20th century saw far greater catastrophes than September 11th, as bad as it was, and they didn't render literature or art or music irrelevant. In fact, I think that literature and art help us to understand - sometimes they provide narratives and metaphors for understanding history, for understanding recent catastrophes.

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When you catch yourself lying to your therapist, you know it's a waste of money.

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I think, when I'm writing, I have a more clinical view than I do when I'm reading. I like pretending to be God and basically determining the fate of my characters. But as a reader, I'm a sucker. I'm very sentimental. I get upset when people that I like die. And yet I have killed off characters in my books quite heartlessly, and sometimes found that readers were very upset by it.

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I remain a fan of my friend Bret Easton Ellis's 'American Psycho.

' I think as a book about New York in the '80s it was pretty excellent.

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You know, Im always surprised when I read profiles, and they make me sound so jaded. I am so not jaded.

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Love is the eternal quest: almost everyone wants to love and be loved.

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I'm a romantic; you have to be to marry four times.

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I don't think I've left a trail of weeping women in my wake.

I mean, the number of serious relationships I've had has not been into double digits.

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Things happen, people change,' is what Amanda said.

For her that covered it. You wanted an explanation, and ending that would assign blame and dish up justice. You considered violence and you considered reconciliation . But what you are left with is a premonition of the way your life will fade behind you, like a book you have read too quickly, leaving a dwindling trail of images and emotions, until all you can remember is a name.

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I like the fact that I'm living in the world rather than in a university.

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Eat, drink and remarry is my motto.

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My former wife is a very eccentric woman, which is why I still love her.

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A modest critique of an age in which an actor is the President, in which fashion models are asked for their opinions, in which getting into a nightclub is seen as a significant human achievement.

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