Literary Birthday – 23 October – Matthew Quick

Happy Birthday, Matthew Quick, born 23 October 1973.


  1. You cannot beat time; you can only enjoy it whenever possible, as it zooms by endlessly.
  2. Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.
  3. The important thing for me as an artist is to keep going back to the page and doing what I do.
  4. I always talk to young writers about when you make art in your room, you make art. And when you send it to New York and L.A., you have to be a professional. Of course, when you sell your book rights as an option for a movie, you have to be a professional about that.
  5. You need to know it’s your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.
  6. I’m an incredibly emotional person, but I always feel bad about that. The work is therapy I need to emote wildly while I write. I weep. I’ll laugh, get excited, and get up and pace. I try to take the emotional journey with the characters.
  7. Most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us almost every day.
  8. I write about people who are usually damaged or neglected by society finding each other and forming relationships that are quite extraordinary and in some cases life-saving. I’ve had a few of those relationships, which I value highly.
  9. I had thought up the title, The Good Luck of Right Now, several years ago. I had no idea what it meant or what the book would be about but I thought, ‘Someday I’m going to write a book with that title.’
  10. Sometimes when you attempt to put your best self into the world, the right people show up.

Matthew Quick is an American writer. His debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, was adapted as a movie. His other books include The Good Luck of Right Now, Forgive Me, and The Reason You’re Alive: A Novel.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 23rd October 2014