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Donald Ray Pollock - Quotes

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'Knockemstiff' is a collection of short stories set in the holler of the same name in southern Ohio where I grew up. I tried to link the stories together through the place and some recurring characters. ---->>>

Four hundred or so people lived in Knockemstiff in 1957, nearly all of them connected by blood through one godforsaken calamity or another, be it lust or necessity or just plain ignorance. ---->>>

I listen to a lot of different stuff, from Mozart to Johnny Dowd to Monster Magnet. I don't listen to music while I'm writing a draft, but I do listen to it when I'm revising. ---->>>

When I was growing up, I just wanted to be somewhere else. I didn't like living in Knockemstiff, and I figured when I got older, I'd move off to some big city. ---->>>

Don't get me wrong: I think that everyone should put forth an effort to do better, but let's face it, some of us are just plain luckier than others. ---->>>

I spent thirty-two years in a paper mill in southern Ohio, and before that, I worked in a meatpacking plant and a shoe factory. ---->>>

When I turned fifty, I decided to quit the mill and go to graduate school. ---->>>

I would like to write a book that wasn't so violent and weird, but I just don't think I can do that with my talent. I don't think it would come off. ---->>>

I'd always been a big reader, and I loved books, and I always thought writing would be a great way to get by in the world. ---->>>

I sort of like writing about weird characters, I guess. ---->>>

I was always a big reader, even when everything was bad and miserable. ---->>>

I'm not really a good reader. What I mean is, I think I'm not one of those people who can read a story and analyze it just like that. ---->>>

I'm not sure about 'absolute' happiness, but I am happiest when I go to bed at night knowing that I tried to do my best that day. ---->>>

I would try to write my own story about some East Coast suburbanite having an affair or something like that. So I did that for maybe two years or so, and it just wasn't working for me at all. ---->>>

I'm probably the least cerebral guy you're ever going to meet as a writer. ---->>>

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be somebody else and live somewhere else. I've always felt a little uncomfortable around people. ---->>>

I am very indebted to southern writers and not just Flannery O'Connor. Also Harry Crews, Larry Brown, Tennessee Williams, Barry Hannah and William Gay. ---->>>

I was 35 when I started taking classes at Ohio University. After I got my degree, I kept working at the mill. When I was 45, I decided I was going to try to learn how to write short stories. ---->>>

If the story wasn't overly long, I'd type it out. And I'd carry it around with me for a week and jot notes on it, and then I'd throw it away and do another one. ---->>>

Nobody really turns out too happy in any of my stuff. It's really strange, because I'm actually a pretty happy person. I'm not walking around giggling or anything like that, but I've got this feeling that everything is okay with my life. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 2015
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Occupation: Writer
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Donald Ray Pollock is an American writer. Born in 1954 and raised in Knockemstiff, Ohio, Pollock has lived his entire adult life in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he worked at the Mead Paper Mill as a laborer and truck driver until age 50, when he enrolled in the English program at Ohio State University. While there, Doubleday published his debut short story collection, Knockemstiff, and the New York Times regularly posted his election dispatches from southern Ohio throughout the 2008 campaign (wikipedia)