Barry Eisler

#132488 Barry Eisler

The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where you're most at risk. .

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#132489 Barry Eisler

The difference between being a victim and a survivor is often a low level of situational awareness. You can't be a super-spy, watchful and paranoid every day. But I am more watchful than the average American. .

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#132490 Barry Eisler

From the outside, the CIA seems pretty exotic, but from the inside, it's a big, bureaucratic place. Think 'post office with spies.' .

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#132491 Barry Eisler

Psychologically, it's always more pleasurable to blame others for our problems than it is to acknowledge our own responsibility. .

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#132492 Barry Eisler

Anger, and the self-righteousness that is both the cause and consequence of anger, tends to be easier on the psyche than personal responsibility. .

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#132493 Barry Eisler

Stephen King has inspired me with his humor and honesty, and his admonition that the author's job is to tell the truth. .

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#132494 Barry Eisler

I love Japan, and Tokyo is my favorite city. .

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#132495 Barry Eisler

The Internet is a limitless library at your fingertips. It's a great place to start with the acquisition of knowledge. My process is to go to a place when I'm writing about it. Nothing captures the essence, feeling and flavor of a place better than when I'm actually there and doing the writing. .

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#132496 Barry Eisler

I can understand the allure of a venerable Big Six imprint, of a shot at the New York Times list, of a publisher-sponsored book tour, of seeing your hardbacks in bookstores and your paperbacks in supermarkets. .

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#132497 Barry Eisler

Publishing, legacy or indie, is a vehicle, and you can't opine about whether someone has chosen the right vehicle if you don't know where she intends to drive it. .

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#132498 Barry Eisler

Books are my art. The movie is someone else's art. But it's great marketing for books. .

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#132499 Barry Eisler

Good argument is intended to persuade another. .

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#132500 Barry Eisler

I read pretty eclectically - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry - and I've been inspired and influenced by a number of writers. .

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#132501 Barry Eisler

The National Surveillance State doesn't want anyone to be able to communicate without the authorities being able to monitor that communication. .

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#132502 Barry Eisler

There's an awful lot of corruption in Japanese business and politics, corruption of the sort that can make for great setting for a spy story. .

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#132503 Barry Eisler

Publishing for me is a business, not an ideology. .

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#132504 Barry Eisler

When I think of a story, somehow it just always seems to come out involving spooks and spies and government skullduggery. .

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#132505 Barry Eisler

When I was in college, I became interested in various aspects of foreign policy and international relations. Even as a kid, I was interested in what I call, loosely speaking, forbidden knowledge. .

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#132506 Barry Eisler

The post office actually achieves its mission. I wish we could say the same of the CIA. .

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#132507 Barry Eisler

The fundamental difficulty that most novelists face when they are trying to adapt their own book into a screenplay is realizing that a screenplay is a completely different way of storytelling, and it has limitations. .

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#132508 Barry Eisler

The most important guideline when it comes to argument is the golden rule. If someone were addressing your point, what tone, what overall approach would you find persuasive and want her to use? Whatever that is, do it yourself. .

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#132509 Barry Eisler

I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as 'forbidden knowledge:' methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy stuff, and other things that the government wants only a few select individuals to know. .

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#132510 Barry Eisler

I'm not sure why I'm so drawn to heroes who do bad things and to villains who think they're the good guys, but I do find that moral ambiguity and conflict makes for great characters. .

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#132511 Barry Eisler

It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably most of us lack such gravitas. Luckily, there's something even better: evidence, logic, and argument. .

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#132512 Barry Eisler

The job of the screenplay is to identify and extract the essence of the story from the novel and reconfigure it for the screen, maintaining its essence in a different vehicle. .

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#189528 Barry Eisler

The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where youre most at risk. .

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