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Victimizers of children are the enemies of any so-called society.
– Andrew Vachss
I don’t take advances for my books.
Courier 12 is the Type-O blood of fonts – works just as good for a ‘N.Y. Times’ op-ed as a screenplay or a short story.
I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I’m not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure.
I’m in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection.
There is no Constitutional right to prey on others. The Internet is just a piece of technology, like the telephone. Society has the right to modify its uses.
Crime takes the pulse of a culture. It tells us the truth about us as a species.
Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can’t. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn’t want to fight somebody.
Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That’s why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.
A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids.
I don’t understand people whose gratification is a BMW. You don’t know what joy is until you see a kid who was tortured get adopted by a family.
I hate bullies. I hate them. I’m not good enough with words to describe how much I hate them.
The third person narrator, instead of being omniscient, is like a constantly running surveillance tape.
In some neighborhoods, if you want to walk down the streets, you’ve got two choices – look down, or look hard.
Without question, I’ve either got to be a writer, or I fail.
People are pushing against the fabric of society all the time.
All children are born pure egoists. They perceive their needs to the exclusion of all others. Only through socialization do they learn that some forms of gratification must be deferred and others denied.
While early childhood experiences may impel, they do not compel. In the end, evil is a matter of choice.
I did criminal defense work part-time, and that paid the bills for representing abused and neglected children… and for defending in juvenile court those kids the ‘child protective system’ had missed when it had the chance.
I think people should be consumers of journalism.
Ask any experienced defense lawyer: the real risks are for an accused person who is innocent. A guilty defendant has many more options available.
The idea that you’re not a writer until you’re published is a lie.
Building a mechanical device for its appearance is like putting lace on a bowling ball.
We don’t protect our young, and we tolerate predators of our own species.
My life is triage.
Journalism is what maintains democracy. It’s the force for progressive social change.