” If you’re going to write a book that might, in its very best accidental career, sell 30,000 copies, you’ve got to have a day job. “


” Every other year, I was the new boy. I found that the only way to survive was to embrace it, make a little fortress on the outside and to pretend to blend in but not to invest too much because you’ll be somewhere else next year. “


” Military brats have this toughness: they’re almost like orphans or foster children, they develop little mechanisms. It sets you up to look at things a little differently. “


” I sat down and wrote, ‘Are your emotions pure? Are they the stuff of heroes or the alloyed mess of the beaten? How do you stand in relation to the potato?’ And it was a lot of fun, and I kept going and woke up at some point in some horror that I had about 142 pages of this. “


” Travel writing is harrowing. You are in paradise, more or less, having to prove it is paradise. It is hard to have a good time trying to figure out a way to say you are having a good time, whether you are having it or not, even in paradise. “



All 5 Padgett Powell Quotes about You in picture


If you
Every other year, I was the new boy. I found that the only way to survive was to embrace it, make a little fortress on the outside and to pretend to blend in but not to invest too much because you


Military brats have this toughness: they
I sat down and wrote,
Travel writing is harrowing. You are in paradise, more or less, having to prove it is paradise. It is hard to have a good time trying to figure out a way to say you are having a good time, whether you are having it or not, even in paradise.
Topics: