Stanley Elkin was born 11 May 1930 and died 31 May 1995
- Writing is an exercise in sculpture, chipping away at the rock until you find the nose.
- I would never write about anyone who is not at the end of his rope.
- Like a lot of what happens in novels, inspiration is a sort of spontaneous combustion – the oily rags of the head and heart.
- What I enjoy about fiction – the great gift of fiction – is that it gives language an opportunity to happen.
- The fact that we die is one of the more interesting things that happen to us. Fiction ought to be about bottom lines, and that’s as bottom-line as you can get.
Elkin was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His satirical fiction revolved around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.
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