Happy Birthday, Etgar Keret, born 20 August 1967
- I don't think in terms of ideas. I have some sort of starting point. And I never know where the story is heading.
- Writing a story is kind of like surfing, as opposed to the novel, where you use a GPS to get somewhere. With surfing, you kind of jump.
- My stories are very compact. I want them to say the most complex things in the simplest way.
- I see creative-writing classes as some sort of AA meeting. It is more of a support group for people who write than an actual course in which you learn writing skills. This support group is extremely important because there is something very lonely about writing.
- Translators are like ninjas. If you notice them, they’re no good.
- I always have a story in my head that needs to be written, or at least I think I do. But I usually can't find the time to write it. There is some sort of a natural selection process in which the stories that are able to stay there for long enough and to keep nagging are the ones that get written, which is, I feel, a very fair system.
- You'll never know what's happening inside the heads of other people.
Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television.
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