Jonathan Ames

Literary Birthday – 23 March – Jonathan Ames

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964.

10 Jonathan Ames Quotes

  1. Oh, God, I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. I’ve always been intrigued by Stockholm Syndrome. Reminds me of my childhood.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. I live for coincidences. They briefly give to me the illusion or the hope that there’s a pattern to my life, and if there’s a pattern, then maybe I’m moving toward some kind of destiny where it’s all explained.
  5. For me, books have always been a way to feel less alone while being alone.
  6. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  7. I drink coffee. Without coffee, I probably couldn’t write.
  8. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive, which makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  9. I might have some sort of personality disorder. I might not have proper filters; it might be some kind of version of Asperger’s meets Tourettes meets prose.
  10. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

Jonathan Ames is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! and The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Source for Image: Chris Buck for the Observer

by Amanda Patterson

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