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I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness. It makes the sadness more memorable. ---->>>

Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that. ---->>>

It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto, I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer ghetto and moving out into the world more. ---->>>

I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy, as a faith of the highest order. ---->>>

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality. ---->>>

I always wanted to write something illustrated, and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity. ---->>>

I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid. ---->>>

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem. ---->>>

I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way. ---->>>

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes, it's also true that as a writer of books I want to have the whole range of human emotions. ---->>>

My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert. ---->>>

I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep having to read stuff for juries and so forth. ---->>>

I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do. ---->>>

Literature precedes genre. ---->>>

The point is to balance on the edge between musicality and content. ---->>>

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing. ---->>>

I love comic books and always did as a kid. ---->>>

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life. ---->>>

Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That's material that I really like. ---->>>

The Ice Storm, because of the movie, has had, or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures. ---->>>

All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt - you know, I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff - has begun to seem really important. ---->>>

I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been reading a lot of books that just came out. ---->>>

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style. ---->>>

What genre it falls under is only of interest later. ---->>>

But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties, like going to a Paris Review party or whatever, that seems totally irrelevant now. ---->>>

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the New England Historical Genealogical Library, where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back to the seventeenth century. ---->>>

I didn't know how to kill off a character unless I was able, as a narrator, to get really complicated. Because it was a big deal. I'd never killed a character before. ---->>>

This is odd, but there are certain things that are really embarrassing to talk about - one is my job and the success that I've had in it, and the other is money. ---->>>

When prose gets too stylized and out of control - and Stein is sometimes a good example - when you don't know what the hell is going on, then it's kind of boring. ---->>>

It turns out that my memory is just not that great, so for specific scenes with people doing stuff, sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't remember what happened exactly, so I just let that be. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 10-18, 1961
Occupation: Novelist

Hiram Frederick "Rick" Moody III (born October 18, 1961) is an American novelist and short story writer best known for the 1994 novel The Ice Storm, a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, which brought him widespread acclaim, became a bestseller, and was made into a feature film of the same title (wikipedia)