The interesting thing about something in the back of your mind is that it can travel pretty far back in your mind.

-Mark Leyner
Mark Leyner

The interesting thing about something in the back of your mind is that it can travel pretty far back in your mind.

Mark Leyner
This wasn't calculated, ... We didn't sit down and think, 'In three weeks, we can sell 500,000 copies.' But Billy's original idea was a stroke of genius.
Mark Leyner

I can tell from about 20 yards away when someone has a manuscript for me. I can just tell - they have that look.

Mark Leyner
I dont walk around chuckling all the time. My outlook is very bleak. Its worse than bleak, its apocalyptic.
Mark Leyner

Sometimes I think my purpose is as a saboteur when I'm working with other people, derailing what they're trying to do or taking things to a ludicrous extremity.

Mark Leyner
People really want to believe that there is no fiction. I think they find it much easier to imagine that novelists are writing memoirs, writing about their lives, because it's difficult to conceive that there's a great imaginary life in which you can participate.
Mark Leyner

I always thought of my work as being animated by a spirit of unhinged generosity.

Mark Leyner
As far as what I do, my value as a writer is certainly not to try to recapitulate a 19th century form. Certain styles of narrative don't conform to my style of experiencing the world.
Mark Leyner

You are fiercely heterosexual and well-formed, and it's no one's business that you've shrunk your parents and keep them in a terranium, but you have a gatling gun for a mouth, and if that's a diary you're producing from your cleavage, I'm leaving.

Mark Leyner
Stand-up comedy had an interesting effect on me in terms of how I started to think about constructing things, because I really loved the interstices, the linkages, or lack thereof.