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Melissa Bank Sounds Nothing like the White Stripes

Nothing like them! You heard it here.

Two favorite quotes:

I loved that in advertising you were so busted if you were trying to prove to everybody what a good writer you were instead of actually doing your job. I learned to respect a reader's time. You were trained to believe that no one wants to read what you're going to write. Nobody ever said, "Write a longer headline, Melissa," or, "Could you make this body copy a little longer?" They're all saying, "Nobody wants to read." It makes you work harder to make everything that you say worth reading.


In the suburbs, there's this idea of shielding kids. No one ever talked about what was going on. I remember eavesdropping on my mother and her friends, and they didn't say a damn thing!

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Dave interviews authors for Powell's. He created our Out of the Book film series. He likes cats and dogs.

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Dave is the author of Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State

One Response to "Melissa Bank Sounds Nothing like the White Stripes"

    TTBear March 7th, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    My two favorite:

    "What are you taught at home, and how is it going to play out in the world?"


    "I do think people dismiss my work as lightweight, but I'm trying for something. It may mean that I'm not succeeding, but whatever."

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