I bet if you look at the average teenager and the average adult, the average teenager has read more books in the last year than the average adult. Now of course the adult would be all like, ‘I’m busy, I got a job, I got stuff to do.’ WHATEVER! READ! I mean, you’re watching CSI: Miami. Why would you be watching CSI: Miami, when you could be READING CSI: Miami, the novelization?
You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.
That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.
I do think about my readers when I’m writing but I never write down to them. I never say ’ Oh this idea is too complicated for them.’ or ’ I don’t want to have this symbolic structure, because it won’t resonate with them.’ I never think about that, because I think that teenagers are infinitely intellectually capable. As long as we grant them intelligence they will show us that intelligence.
Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.
Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.