Andrew Vachss

(Andrew Henry Vachss)

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  • Born: October 19, 1942
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author

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Andrew Henry Vachss is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths.

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A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids.
A trial is not a search for truth. It is a contest and, often, one that produces no winners. Truth
All children are born pure egoists. They perceive their needs to the exclusion of all others. Only through socialization do they learn that some forms of gratification must be deferred and others denied.
Anyone who says, 'Books don't change anything,' or - more commonly - that crime fiction is the wrong genre for promoting social change - should take a closer look.
Ask any experienced defense lawyer: the real risks are for an accused person who is innocent. A guilty defendant has many more options available.
Building a mechanical device for its appearance is like putting lace on a bowling ball.
Courier 12 is the Type-O blood of fonts - works just as good for a 'N.Y. Times' op-ed as a screenplay or a short story.
Crime takes the pulse of a culture. It tells us the truth about us as a species. Truth
Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can't. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn't want to fight somebody.
I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I'm not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure. Religion & God ;Failure ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I did criminal defense work part-time, and that paid the bills for representing abused and neglected children... and for defending in juvenile court those kids the 'child protective system' had missed when it had the chance. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I didn't start out angry. I started out a young man wanting adventure.
I don't even use italics or boldface; that's clutter, not clarity. Fancy fonts are fine for blogs, just as calligraphy is fine for diaries. But when you're writing for anyone other than yourself, you want to get as universal as possible.
I don't sign contracts for my books.
I don't take advances for my books.
I don't understand people whose gratification is a BMW. You don't know what joy is until you see a kid who was tortured get adopted by a family. Families, Children & Parenting
I hate bullies. I hate them. I'm not good enough with words to describe how much I hate them.
I think people should be consumers of journalism.
I write everything in Courier 12 because I write for publication, not pleasure.
If I ever stopped being angry, I couldn't write anymore. How could I?
I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection.
In some neighborhoods, if you want to walk down the streets, you've got two choices - look down, or look hard.
Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.
Journalism is what maintains democracy. It's the force for progressive social change.
My life is triage. Life
My stuff isn't for everyone.
No politician is threatened by the child protective constituency, because it does not exist.
Ours is a country where anything can be accomplished if enough people get angry... because, in America, we act on our collective anger.
People are pushing against the fabric of society all the time. Society ;Time
The idea that you're not a writer until you're published is a lie.
The sweetest thing I could say about my mother and father is that if I had the choice, I would have picked them. But I don't have any belief in biology or DNA as compelling conduct. The idea that we owe people something because we're related to them is bizarre. But the idea that we owe something because of their conduct towards us is legitimate.
The third person narrator, instead of being omniscient, is like a constantly running surveillance tape.
There is no Constitutional right to prey on others. The Internet is just a piece of technology, like the telephone. Society has the right to modify its uses. Society ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Victimizers of children are the enemies of any so-called society. Society
We don't protect our young, and we tolerate predators of our own species.
While early childhood experiences may impel, they do not compel. In the end, evil is a matter of choice.
Without question, I've either got to be a writer, or I fail.

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