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Itís easy to write about rock; itís nearly impossible to write well about rock. But those of us who care about literature and rock and roll never stop hoping for the great rock novel.
"I donít want to write consciously about the present in a historical story. In Strange and Norrell I wanted to use the historical background to make the magic seem more real, more convincing. Itís hard enough trying to will yourself and the reader back in time without dragging in contemporary issues and attitudes. I donít subscribe to this idea thatís going round that whatís interesting about the past is how similar it is to the present. Whatís interesting about the past is how different it is."
Geoffrey H. Goodwin
"I have so many stories that are just these embryos that become stories and some Iíll return to years later then suddenly Iíll want to build into something and so thatís just an interesting thing, how that process works where really itís so messy. And there are so many little piles in the sandbox. So many little castles!"
"As Stan Schmidt once said, human beings have always told stories about alien beings, but in the past they were called angels and demons and elves and trolls. Folk tales and science fiction are often about what it means to be human in a large and terrifying and beautiful universe, so naturally they overlap a good deal. As for religion, well, the great monotheistic world religions address the same concern. And if God is real, and the ruler of the universe, then logically that sovereignty must extend to other worlds and their inhabitants. That's a perfect set up for SF."
While Jill has earned a somewhat ďblueĒ reputation -- what with her inclusion in two of Susie Brightís erotica collections and various titular references to nipples, vaginas, and assholes -- she contends that ďfor me, talking about sex in the TV shows and stories I wrote and the plays I produced wasnít to turn people on or to be shocking or inappropriate. My original intent was something much nobler: inciting feminist revolution.Ē
"So it came to be that we realized we didn't want to make everyday 'books,' but instead objects where form, content and purpose were well thought out and executed with passion. We wanted to produce good, focused literature that was wrapped in bindings and papers and smells that interlocked with the content in a way that we hoped people who enjoy well-made things could respect and hold onto -- literature in the form of a well-designed object: Literary Objects."
"Connect the dots, paint by numbers, follow the bouncing ball, do what you must, but follow along in a journey from book to film -- and sometimes even CD -- because Judging a Book By its Cover gets multi-media-maniacal."