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  • #1
    Alice Munro
    “The conversation of kisses. Subtle, engrossing, fearless, transforming.”
    Alice Munro, Runaway

  • #2
    Paula Danziger
    “When my father would yell at me, I told myself someday I'd use it in a book.”
    Paula Danziger

  • #3
    Anne Carson
    “Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief.”
    Anne Carson (Translator), Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides

  • #4
    Junot Díaz
    “I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.”
    Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

  • #5
    Mary Gaitskill
    “At times she had thought that this was the only kind of connection you could have with people—intense, inexplicable and ultimately incomplete.”
    Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior

  • #6
    Alice Munro
    “Because if she let go of her grief even for a minute it would only hit her harder when she bumped into it again. ”
    Alice Munro, Away from Her

  • #7
    Margaret Atwood
    “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #8
    James Ellroy
    “Downtown, a dress for Meg- I do it every time I kill a man.”
    James Ellroy

  • #9
    James Ellroy
    “Closure is bullshit.”
    James Ellroy

  • #10
    Jennifer Egan
    “The pause makes you think the song will end. And then the song isn't really over, so you're relieved. But then the song does actually end, because every song ends, obviously, and THAT. TIME. THE. END. IS. FOR. REAL.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #11
    Mark Z. Danielewski
    “It may be the wrong decision, but fuck it, it's mine.”
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

  • #12
    Jean-Patrick Manchette
    “It was a genuine revelation, you see," said Aimée to the baron. "They can be killed. The real assholes can be killed.”
    Jean-Patrick Manchette, Fatale

  • #13
    Angela Carter
    “His wedding gift, clasped round my throat. A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat.”
    Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

  • #14
    James M. Cain
    “Stealing a man's wife, that's nothing, but stealing his car, that's larceny.”
    James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • #15
    Daphne du Maurier
    “I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls.”
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

  • #16
    George Saunders
    “That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been....Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”
    George Saunders

  • #17
    Joy Williams
    “She wanted to be extraordinary, to possess a savage glitter.”
    Joy Williams

  • #18
    Mary Gaitskill
    “Of course there’s something there; unfortunately, there’s always something ‘there.’ Something you will one day be sorry you saw.”
    Mary Gaitskill, Veronica

  • #19
    Renata Adler
    “That 'writers write' is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all.”
    Renata Adler, Speedboat

  • #20
    Gillian Flynn
    “Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

    Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much – no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)”
    Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

  • #21
    A.R. Ammons
    “One can't
    have it

    both ways
    and both

    ways is
    the only

    way I
    want it.”
    A.R. Ammons

  • #22
    Mary Gaitskill
    “She was delicately morbid in all her gestures, sensitive, arrogant, vulnerable to flattery. She veered between extravagant outbursts of opinion and sudden, uncertain halts, during which she seemed to look to him for approval. She was in love with the idea of intelligence, and she overestimated her own. Her sense of the world, though she presented it aggressively, could be, he sensed, snatched out from under her with little or no trouble. She said, “I hope you are a savage.”
    Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior

  • #23
    Mary Gaitskill
    “It's nothing serious," he said. "It's just an obsession.”
    Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior

  • #24
    S.E. Hinton
    “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky.”
    S.E. Hinton

  • #25
    Mary Gaitskill
    “My ambition was to live like music.”
    Mary Gaitskill

  • #26
    Mary Gaitskill
    “Writing is.... being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.”
    Mary Gaitskill

  • #27
    Mark Z. Danielewski
    “Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

  • #28
    John Cheever
    “She cried for herself, she cried because she was afraid that she herself might die in the night, because she was alone in the world, because her desperate and empty life was not an overture but an ending, and through it all she could see was the rough, brutal shape of a coffin.”
    John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever

  • #29
    Andrew Solomon
    “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
    Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

  • #30
    Andrew Solomon
    “I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.”
    Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

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