John Burdett Quotes
In Southeast Asia the world is understood to be a vast, complex network of interdependent relationships. So when global capitalism makes it impossible for small-time rice farmers to feed their families and make a living, it is a natural thing for anyone in the family who can find an alternative source of income to do so.
Family, Living, Makes
It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path.
Life, Amazing, Understand
Las Vegas is the expression, in glitter and concrete, of America’s brittle and mutating id.
America, Expression, Vegas
I think it is immensely difficult to get the U.S. interested in non-U.S. topics. I don’t think this is because the average American reader is disinterested, but more because of publishers playing it safe: if a thriller based in L.A. is a sure winner, why spend money plugging one based in Paris – or Bangkok?
Money, Difficult, Sure
‘Shun security,’ I advise aspiring novelists when they complain to me that they are stuck. ‘Get disoriented. Maybe your agonizing writing block isn’t agonizing enough. Your enemy is comfort.’
Enough, Enemy, Maybe
Expecting to be wrong about most things most of the time brings, finally, the kind of humility that leads to peace. I think.
Time, Peace, Wrong
If the world is telling you you’re successful, but you don’t feel it, you might as well have failed.
Successful, Might, Telling
There are plenty of brilliant people who are too stressed out to read challenging literary novels.
Read, Brilliant, Literary