” From the very beginning, when you go into Scientology your world narrows down very quickly. “


” Hubbard set up the Church of Scientology in Hollywood in 1954 for a reason. He understood that celebrity was increasingly a feature of American public life, and celebrities themselves were going to be worshiped as minor deities were in the ancient world. The idea was: if you could get them, think how many people would follow. “


” There are many countries where you can only believe more or you can believe less. But in the United States we have this incredible smorgasbord, and it really interests me why people are drawn to one faith rather than another, especially to a system of belief that to an outsider seems absurd or dangerous. “


” You can’t tell a story linearly if you want people to understand. “


” If you have great characters, then your reader becomes emotionally invested in those people. “


” If you’re on a contract at ‘The New Yorker,’ the contract specifies the number of words you will publish in the magazine per year. I get paid by the word, like most writers. That’s one reason why the Scientology article was 25,000 words long! “


” If you look at all those terrorist groups – I’m talking, going back, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, ISIS – they’re all proxy armies in an Islamic civil war. “


” The Israelis and the Palestinians don’t know each other. They live right there, but they’ve become strangers. And it makes it much more difficult to make peace with a person you really don’t know, and that’s an obstacle in itself. “



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From the very beginning, when you go into Scientology your world narrows down very quickly.
Hubbard set up the Church of Scientology in Hollywood in 1954 for a reason. He understood that celebrity was increasingly a feature of American public life, and celebrities themselves were going to be worshiped as minor deities were in the ancient world. The idea was: if you could get them, think how many people would follow.
There are many countries where you can only believe more or you can believe less. But in the United States we have this incredible smorgasbord, and it really interests me why people are drawn to one faith rather than another, especially to a system of belief that to an outsider seems absurd or dangerous.
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If you have great characters, then your reader becomes emotionally invested in those people.
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If you look at all those terrorist groups - I
The Israelis and the Palestinians don

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