"So the premise of 'The Submission' is that there's an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it's won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan."
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Amy Waldman on Steve Jobs
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."Amy Waldman on Walt Disney
"The artist in me cries out for design."Amy Waldman on Robert Frost
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."Amy Waldman on Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."Amy Waldman on Erma Bombeck
"I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject - skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge."
"Imagination, it turns out, is a great deal like reporting in your own head. Here is a paradox of fiction-writing. You are crafting something from nothing, which means, in one sense, that none of it is true. Yet in the writing, and perhaps in the reading, some of a character's actions or lines are truer than others."
"Religious speech is extreme, emotional, and motivational. It is anti-literal, relying on metaphor, allusion, and other rhetorical devices, and it assumes knowledge within a community of believers."