I was writing very early, like I was involved in our high school literary magazine, which was called 'Pariah.' The football team was the Bears, and the literary magazine was 'Pariah.' It was great. It was definitely a real sub-culture. But I wrote stories for them.

-Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta

I was a garbage man in New Jersey in summers during college at Yale. Everybody else got to go to Switzerland and I got to go to the dump.

Tom Perrotta
I no longer believe that just about everything is funny, if viewed from the proper angle.
Tom Perrotta

From a distance, it makes perfect sense that the people and the things you think will save you are the very ones that have the power to disappoint you most bitterly, but up close it can hit you as a bewildering surprise.

Tom Perrotta
It's like the human race has been programmed for misery.
Tom Perrotta

My wife and I left New York when she got pregnant - we just thought it would be really hard to stay in the city.

Tom Perrotta
I was also known as Frodo because I was an early adopter of 'The Lord of the Rings.
Tom Perrotta

The lesson you have to learn as novelist is how to be collaborative, and how to say, "I don't get to dictate this."

Tom Perrotta
When things don't go well, it helps to think of yourself as a genius and the rest of the world as a bunch of idiots.
Tom Perrotta

The interesting part about the writing process is that you can never see all the way to the end, not if something is happening over the course of a year and a half, or two years.

Tom Perrotta
When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture.