Michael Finkel Quotes
In an odd sort of way, the computer and the Internet is the hermit's ideal form of communication. You don't have to see anyone. To send an email, you don't have to talk to anyone. You can just send it, and they'll read it on their own. The Internet has been really good for hermits.
I always fancied myself an outdoorsman, even though I'm a Jewish guy from the East Coast.
Perhaps one could say I've worked in South Africa too long, but I believe in forgiveness, especially when a person admits a mistake, asks for forgiveness, and works to right a wrong.
I think many people have this sense that something about modern society - the screens, the noise, the traffic, the constant busyness - has approached a point where living in the world feels somewhat unhealthy.
In my writing, I try to combine all my favorite elements of journalism - accuracy, real characters that exist on this planet - with all my favorite elements of literature: a sense of flow, of propulsion, of wanting to read every sentence.
The so-called modern conveniences may, in fact, be extremely inconvenient - everything seems to exist as a distraction from any sort of deeper thought or contemplation.
I am guaranteeing you that if you see my byline on a story, it's going to be the cleanest story you've ever read.
I never do formal interviews. I don't use a tape recorder. I take notes but occasionally.
America might be the land of second chances, but it ain't the land of third chances.
You can read my stuff; there are not very many quotes. It's more impressionistic.
Not to get too maudlin, but I think all mistakes are tests for one's mettle.
My advice for telling someone else's story is to try not to consciously bend the story in any particular direction - to listen with an open mind, to include the good with the bad, to attempt to quell one's biases and allow the person you're writing about to emerge as wholly as possible, warts and all.
There have always been hermits: people who want to get away from other humans. Literally, some of the first extant books and poems found in Mesopotamia and China mention people living alone in the woods. It's this primal fascination that exists across all cultures and all times.
My fight-or-flight mechanism... had served me well in Gaza, in Afghanistan, and all the places I'd been.
I'm always theoretically opposed to capital punishment as a matter of policy; like, I don't believe a state should put its citizens to death.
I think that it's human nature to categorize and label things. That's generally the way that the medical and psychological professions work. You look at elements of what you have, and you are able to categorize it, and then you can cure it. That's generally what works.
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