We’ve collected the best Carl Hiaasen Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
To me, the newspaper business was a way to learn about life and how things worked in the real world and how people spoke. You learn all the skills – you learn to listen, you learn to take notes – everything you use later as a novelist was valuable training in the newspaper world. But I always wanted to write novels.
I’ve never progressed very far from my days as a smart aleck in middle school.
I got overwhelmed by the magnitude of the celebrity culture in America. My background is as a news journalist, and newsrooms in the US are shrinking – investigation teams are being terminated or shrunk on newspapers all around the country. The one aspect that’s expanded is coverage of celebrity culture.
My books are character-driven. They’re not driven by the story.
They have a crystalline sense of right and wrong; it disappears when they walk out the door with their M.B.A.
Humor can be an incredible lacerating and effective weapon. And that is the way I use it.
Informed opponents of Obama‘s healthcare initiative have expressed dismay at the low level of discourse.
I think in the old days, the nexus of weirdness ran through Southern California, and to a degree New York City. I think it’s changed so that every bizarre story in the country now has a Florida connection. I don’t know why, except it must be some inversion of magnetic poles or something.
From my experience, politicians are much more uncomfortable being made fun of than they are being preached at and screeched at – you know, and the soapbox routine. They’re much more uneasy knowing they’re a target of ridicule.
There is no writer’s block in a newsroom. There’s only unemployment block.
All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.
We’ve always been fascinated with movie stars and singers, but the fascination with people who really have nothing to offer is something new.
It’s easy to get distracted by the vaudevillian aspects of the healthcare debate.
Humor can be an incredible, lacerating and effective weapon.