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I begin a book with imagery, more than I do with an idea or a character. Some kind of poetic image. ---->>>

I have crashed on a motorcycle that was going at 140mph, so I know what it feels like. ---->>>

I'm a very interior person. I love silence. I revel in it. I'm happy that way. ---->>>

I am occasionally enraptured by Western landscape. But I don't identify that state of mind as having to do with my own origins, having grown up in the West, although I certainly crisscrossed Nevada countless times growing up, and then as a young adult, in cars and on motorcycles. ---->>>

My mother told me many stories about her childhood in Cuba. Living there had a profound impact on her and how she regards herself. ---->>>

When I see things in the world that leap out at me, I want to make use of them in fiction. Maybe every writer does that. It just depends on what you claim or appropriate as yours. ---->>>

Eventually, I decided that if I was going to really write a novel, I couldn't do it in New York City while holding down a job. You need a constant money source to live in New York City unless you're independently wealthy, which I'm not. ---->>>

It's really a misconception to identify the writer with the main character, given that the author creates all the characters in the book. In certain ways, I'm every character. ---->>>

L.A. is a great place to write because you have a lot of space. I have a big office at home, I can leave the doors open. Flowers bloom all year. But it's unglamorous in all the right ways. ---->>>

One of the strategies for doing first-person is to make the narrator very knowing, so that the reader is with somebody who has a take on everything they observe. ---->>>

I have spent a lot of time in the art world, and I guess I do listen to how people speak. I'm interested in what they say and how they say it. ---->>>

A lot of politics in art is just institutional critique, which, in my opinion, is not all that political. ---->>>

Art is about play and about transcendent meanings, not reducible to politics. ---->>>

I am not a sun person at all. I think it's a cancerous poison and I don't want it touching me. ---->>>

I guess I'm not really fond of just chit-chatting. I want to learn something and have an experience. ---->>>

I shy away from plot structure that depends on the characters behaving in ways that are going to eventually be explained by their childhood, or by some recent trauma or event. People are incredibly complicated. Who knows why they are the way they are? ---->>>

I was very precocious when I was young. I went to college at 16, and I graduated at 20. I wanted to be a writer, but I was more interested in experience than in applying myself intellectually. ---->>>

Danzon is my favorite Cuban music, played by a traditional string orchestra with flute and piano. It's very formally structured but romantic music, which derives from the French-Haitian contradance. ---->>>

I didn't do a masters in creative writing until I was 26, which is quite old, and then I found myself in New York and I needed money, so I started working full time as an editor. ---->>>

Writing a first novel was an arduous crash course. I learned so much in the six years it took me to write it, mostly technical things pertaining to craft. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 1968
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Occupation: Writer
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Rachel Kushner (born 1968) is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba (2008) and The Flamethrowers (2013). She lives with her husband and their son in Los Angeles.(wikipedia)