Super Quotes By Barry Hannah

Voice comes to you   through a spell, a trance. The best voices are not you... they're a little   away from you.

Randomness I love.   And I still love just a holler right in the middle of an ongoing narrative.   Pain or joy, ecstasy.

Honestly, I envy   painters, who can have a masterpiece in one morning. Or musicians, who can   write something in 30 minutes and arrange it in an hour, sometimes. 'Cause   with this, with writing, you can occasionally feel like a caveman, like   you've been working with pitch and tar on this brush.

I don't write   under the ghost of Faulkner. I live in the same town and find his life and   work inspiring, but that's it. I have a motorcycle and tool along the country   lanes. I travel at my own speed.

I'll tell you why   I like writing: it's just jumping into a pool. I get myself into a kind of   trance. I engage the world, but it's also wonderful to just escape. I try to   find the purities out of the confusion. It's pretty old-fashioned, but it's   fun.

My best stories   come out of nowhere, with no concern for form at all.

A man's got to do   what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.


I grew up when   people seemed actually to be hurting themselves for their art. Of course,   some of it was phony.

Most novels I come   across have all the excitement of a long trip on a bus with a sensitive glee   club. Yammer and chat.