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By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

I play American football every Saturday, which I find calming.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Chad Harbach

Heat radiated off Henry's face. Salty snot ran down his upper lip. A majestic fart propelled him to the top of Section 12, just at the springing of the stadium's curve. He slapped the sign as if high-fiving a teamate. It gave back a game shudder. He was crusing now, darkness be damned, stripping off his sweatshirt and his long underwear top without breaking stride.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

I feel like every time I start up, it's like a truck you have to get into 15th gear, so you very solely crank into that mental space where you feel really immersed in the world of the book and then you can just kind of go.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

AVERT DISASTER, in fact, would have been a perfect school motto—the purpose of the place, as far as Schwartz could tell, was to keep three thousand would-be maniacs sedated by boredom until a succession of birthdays transformed them into adults.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Chad Harbach

Owen," Henry said excitedly, "I think Coach wants you to hit for Meccini." Owen closed The Voyage of the Beagle, on which he had recently embarked. "Really?" "Runners on first and second," Rick said. "I bet he wants you to bunt." "What's the bunt sign?" "Two tugs on the left earlobe," Henry told him. "But first he has to give the indicator, which is squeeze the belt. But if he goes to his cap with either hand or says your first name, that's the wipe-off, and then you have to wait and see whether--" "Forget it," Owen said. "I'll just bunt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

If you're part of any kind of writerly community, some of those people will have gone through MFA programs, and their thinking leaks into yours. So whatever changes MFAs have made to the culture, it's to the culture as a whole. It can't be pinned down to individual books in a way that some people would like to do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

The idea of the writer who writes nineteen novels, with various ups and downs and levels of experimentation, isn't around so much now. There's a focus, I think, on fewer books, with more pressure on each book to succeed. With that there comes, I think, a certain pressure towards shapeliness in fiction. Towards neatness. And I think writers feel that, and it can effect how they write.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Chad Harbach

Putting Henry at shortstop - it was like taking a painting that had been shoved in a closet and hanging it in the ideal spot. You instantly forgot what the room had looked like before.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

The Human Condition being, basically, that we’re alive and have access to beauty, can even erratically create it, but will someday be dead and will not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

But baseball was different. Schwartz thought of it as Homeric - not a scrum but a series of isolated contests. Batter versus pitcher, fielder versus ball. You couldn't storm around, snorting and slapping people, the way Schwartz did while playing football.You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready, because if you fucked up, everyone would know whose fault it was. What other sport not only kept a stat as cruel as the error but posted it on the scoreboard for everyone to see?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

It was strange the way he loved her; a side long and almost casual love, as if loving her were simply a matter of course, too natural to mention.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

A lot of writers choose to live in New York, partly because of the literary culture here, and partly because Brooklyn's a pretty nice place to live. And a lot of writers who might not geographically reside in New York still point their ambitions towards New York in some sense.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

People thought becoming an adult meant that all your acts had consequences; in fact it was just the opposite.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Chad Harbach

Why would anyone want to fight Henry?" Loondorf looked hurt. "Because he's a ballplayer." "So?" "So he's a baller. He's got cash, chains, crisp clothes. He's got a hat that says Yankees and it's the real deal, yo. He didn't buy it at no yard sale. He walks into a bar and girls are like damn. Dudes get jealous. They want to get in his face, prove they're somebody." "They want to take down the man," Steve said helpfully.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Poetry might be more about the eternal verities, the essence of the human soul, and - although it's reductive to say so - fiction has perhaps been more about the differences between the unconstrained world of the imagination and the realities you run into, day-to-day, when you're riding your donkey.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

A lot of my close friends had tolerantly washed their hands of the whole idea of me writing a book. They had said to themselves, "I don't know what he's doing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

The challenge for any fiction writer is that your job involves simply sitting at a desk for a very, very long time.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Chad Harbach

That was what made the story epic: the player, the hero, had to suffer, as long as the suffering made sense. Everybody suffered. The key was to choose the form of your suffering. Most people couldn't do this alone; they needed a coach. A good coach made you suffer in a way that suited you. A bad coach made everyone suffer in the same way, and so was more like a torturer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

It's very hard right now to be a pro sports fan. The economics of this stuff is abysmal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

But people didn't forgive you for doing what felt right-that was the last thing they forgave you for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

Writing on a computer feels like a recipe for writer's block. I can type so fast that I run out of thoughts, and then I sit there and look at the words on the screen, and move them around, and never get anywhere. Whereas in a notebook I just keep plodding along, slowly, accumulating sentences, sometimes even surprising myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

I do think that sports is really rich dramatically that, and this is kind of a self-serving thing to say, but I wonder why there aren't more, better sports novels.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

But baseball was different... You stood and waited and tried to still your mind. When your moment came, you had to be ready, because if you f****d up, everyone would know whose fault it was. What other sport not only kept a stat as cruel as the error, but posted it on the scoreboard for everyone to see? ... You could only try so hard not to try too hard before you were right back around to trying too hard. And trying hard, as everyone told him, was wrong, all wrong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

I mean, first, almost all writers these days teach because they don't make enough money publishing to live on, to support themselves - people like Tobias Wolff, Anne Beattie, Amy Hempel, Stuart Dybek; a lot of short story writers, for one thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Tall people have a real advantage in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Most writers, most books, you have no idea whether it was a dollar or a million dollars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

Writers have the purity of their art and what they want to achieve with that, and that this purity is bound up with the messy material conditions of trying to make a living while doing that work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Each of us, deep down, believes that the whole world issues from his own precious body, like images projected from a tiny slide onto an earth-sized screen. And then, deeper down, each of us knows he's wrong.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Somehow, you can achieve a directness in the novel that you can't get anywhere else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

There are no whys in a person's life, and very few hows. In the end, in search of useful wisdom, you could only come back to the most hackneyed concepts, like kindness, forbearance, infinite patience. Solomon and Lincoln: This too shall pass. Damn right it will. Or Chekhov: Nothing passes. Equally true.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Chad Harbach

I'm a staunch monogamist. In practice, if not in theory. I can't help it. Do I acknowledge the oppressive, regressive nature of sexual exclusivity? Yes. Do I want that exclusivity very badly for myself? Also yes. There's probably some sort of way in which that's not a paradox. Maybe I believe in love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

I sold a book six years after I left an MFA program. In between, there was a lot of endurance of poverty and a lot of fighting off doubt. It's all a part of the process of being or becoming a writer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Fiction and nonfiction, for me, involve very different processes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

My favorite sports novel is End Zone by Delillo. It's such a great looking book too, the black cover with the football player on it. It's just a fantastic little book.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

He already knew he could coach. All you had to do was look at each of your players and ask yourself: What story does this guy wish someone would tell him about himself? And then you told the guy that story.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Chad Harbach

Only here, long after midnight, while everyone else was sleeping, when nothing was expected of him, could Schwartz convince himself that he was working hard enough. These hours felt stolen, added to his life. The voice fell quiet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

In fact, theres a lot to legitimately hate about pro sports and the way they are conducted.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Chad Harbach

This is the perfect place for you, Henry. With the right support you could become the next Aparicio. Personally, I think everyone involved—you, me, the front office—should do everything possible to make sure you wind up wearing a St. Louis Cardinals cap.” Henry reaches up and touched his brim. “I’m wearing one right now.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

To my parents, writing seemed precarious and not the best idea.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Most great books have been about striving in some sense. In a sense, money is the great topic of the novel. You couldn't necessarily say that about poetry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Another older writer that had a huge influence on me is Chekhov. More contemporarily, it's hard to say.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

For me, the process always has to be pretty intense. I could never write just two or three days a week. It had to be every day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Chad Harbach

The novel has always been the form that incorporates other forms. For me, it has always been the ultimate medium.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Chad Harbach

It dawned on him—as it hadn’t before; he was dense, he was slow—that his parents were five hundred miles away. They could make him come home, they could refuse to pay the portion of his tuition they’d agreed to pay, but they couldn’t see his jeans. “Understood,” he said.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

I think that it is very interesting to write about a team because a team is a group of people who work in very close quarters and have very intense relationships so - in my days of playing sports, I was very rarely on a team that did not have it's own peculiar dynamic, and you wind up having very intense feelings for good and for bad about these people with whom you spend many hours a day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Heat radiated off Henry's face. Salty snot ran down his upper lip. A majestic fart propelled him to the top of Section 12, just at the springing of the stadium's curve. He slapped the sign as if high-fiving a teammate. It gave back a game shudder. He was crusing now, darkness be damned, stripping off his sweatshirt and his long underwear top without breaking stride.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Chad Harbach

Getting your foot in the door with some publishing people can be important when you're starting out as a writer, but it's also not enough to get you where you need to be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

I tended to write the book in these bursts of two or three months at a time. So I would know, or at least feel securely, that for the next few months I was at least going to have a few hours a day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Chad Harbach

Looking at and shaping your own work is a very intuitive process. You see something you've written in your notebook. It's there on the page and either feels right or it doesn't, and it's hard sometimes to go beyond that and discover why it feels that way.