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Biggie was the King Of New York as a rapper. There's a lot more dangerous guys than Biggie Smalls out there, you know what I'm saying? John Gotti was way closer to King Of New York than him.


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His reserve of disdain appears endless. He could no sooner shut it off than a vampire could forgo hi...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
Then no matter where you are, in a crowded restaurant or on some desolate street or even in the comf...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Even the brightest magnesium flare can do little against such dark except blind the eyes of the one ...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Because the enormous narcissism of their parents deprived Will and Tom of suitable role models, both...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
...life's big. If you can't fix it, give it a spin.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
If our nation wants to reduce global warming, air pollution and energy instability, we should invest...
MARK Z. JACOBSON
Every dollar spent on nuclear is one less dollar spent on clean renewable energy and one more dollar...
MARK Z. JACOBSON
Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder ...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
SIGMUND Z. ENGEL
My father loved antique shops and shows, and quite a bit of my childhood involved outings to dim, du...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and have a good time.
C. Z. GUEST
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have ta...
P. Z. PEARCE
The continuous invention of new ways of observing is man's special secret of living.
J. Z. YOUNG
The greatest of love letters are always coded for the one and not the many.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
The ruminations are mine,

let

the world

be yours.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Some people reflect light, some deflect it, you by some miracle, seem to collect it.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
...and there you have it, another body on the floor surrounded by things that don't mean much to any...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
What miracle is this? This giant tree.
It stands ten thousand feet high
But doesn't reach ...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
His reserve of disdain appears endless. He could no sooner shut it off than a vampire could forgo hi...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
An able practitioner of glitz lit.
R. Z. SHEPPARD
Let the night come. We are not afraid.
POPPY Z. BRITE
The last dying days of summer, fall coming on fast. A cold night, the first of the season, a change ...
POPPY Z. BRITE
Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Of course there always will be darkness but I realize now something inhabits it. Historical or not. ...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
And I can't think of a reason I'd ever use a pseudonym, as I wouldn't want to publish so...
POPPY Z. BRITE
You could power America with renewables from a technical and economic standpoint. The biggest obstac...
MARK Z. JACOBSON
Absolutely nothing visible to the eye provides a reason for or even evidence of those terrifying shi...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
I'm a big believer in big books, and that doesn't necessarily mean long books.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.
POPPY Z. BRITE
When the great white silence comes and fills the boughs of the trees with a thickening, glistening b...
J. Z. KNIGHT
At the heart of any terror is the fear of losing what we find meaningful.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Getting to share the stories in my head with other people and have them enjoy those stories, and hav...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
The 370-year-old antique shop Trifles and Folly is the heart of 'Deadly Curiosities,' my new...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I always send new writers to 'Writer's Digest Books' line-up of how-to books. I read the...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I grew up around old stuff that was not necessarily valuable, but certainly unusual.
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I call myself, 'The Estee Lauder of the garden world.' I'm my own little conglomerate.
C. Z. GUEST
All the girls today want to be famous, but they haven't earned their spurs.
C. Z. GUEST
No one ever really gets used to nightmares.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
I am not a fool. I am wise. I will run from my fear, I will outdistance my fear, then I will hide fr...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You'll detect slow and...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
This is not for you.
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
You shall be my roots and
I will be your shade,
though the sun burns my leaves.

MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
Little solace comes
to those who grieve
when thoughts keep drifting
as walls keep shi...
MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
My childhood may have been more demented than most, because I learned to read very early and was all...
POPPY Z. BRITE
All weakness tends to corrupt, and impotence corrupts absolutely.
EDGAR Z. FREIDENBERG
[Ken] Kesey practices what has come to be known as gonzo journalism. The reporter, often intoxicated...
R. Z. SHEPPARD