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" After the novel was published, I came to feel that I couldn't call myself Orthodox anymore. It's so patriarchal, anti-women, anti-gay. There was something about writing 'Disobedience'... it felt like I had put it all in the book. I had done my best by it, recorded what it meant for me. I felt I was done. "
" As a gamer, I can't think of anything more annoying for everyone concerned than playing games in a shared living room. "
" As someone who went to school in the '70s and '80s, I can't say that I noticed much of a 'medals for all' culture myself. "
" Attending a book group is always a salutary experience for a writer. There's no guarantee that the people there will have enjoyed your book, and, as anyone who has taken part in a book group will know, half the fun is in ripping a book you haven't liked to shreds. "
" Claude Cahun is a fascinating artist - one of the few women to be part of the surrealist movement, she and her partner Suzanne Malherbe took on men's names and made artworks that investigated female identity long before 'The Second Sex' or Cindy Sherman. "
" Competitive sports may be where exercise becomes 'fun' for children who are good at it, but for those who are less talented, it is where exercise becomes not only physically demanding but also emotionally painful and socially humiliating. "
" Computer games can be works of art and literature - they're still developing. The stories they can tell, and the experiences they provide, are increasingly sophisticated and glorious. "
" Expect to be disgusted by your own early work. If writing is your vocation, if you hope that it might be your salvation, push on through the disgust until you find one true sentence, a few words that say more than you expected, something you didn't know until you set it down. "
" Feminists are asking the practical questions about how you want to live your life. "
" For millennia, human beings have been finding new ways to look at the world through each others' eyes: from projecting ourselves onto the characters in novels or movies to dressing up in costume to devouring the details of some celebrity's life in 'Hello' or 'OK.' "
" For years, I looked down on my mother for shopping at Asda, and now I feel very ashamed of it. "
" Games don't cause racism. But the real-time chat makes nasty comments hard to moderate and easy to spread. "
" Gaming is our cultural bogeyman - we blame it for everything from child obesity to violence to short attention spans. But any explanation that fits every situation ultimately explains nothing. "
" I am a geek, and proud of it. "
" I am someone who really would like to see more women in government, but Palin makes me cringe every time I hear about her. "
" I'd been to an Orthodox Jewish primary school where, every morning, the boys said, 'Thank you God for not making me a woman.' If you put that together with 'The Handmaid's Tale' in your head, something will eventually go fizz! Boom! "
" I don't think I have any particular problem with God. "
" I feel powerful when I'm onstage talking to an audience. I like communicating; it feels like my calling in the world. Knowing what you're meant to be doing with your life is pretty bloody powerful. "
" If gaming were seen as an art, the important question would be not whether games are good for us but whether they are good, full stop. "
" If I'm working every day, it's like pumping a pump. When you start, rusty water comes out, and then it runs clear. I do it even if I get completely stuck. "
" I find it particularly irritating, if I go to a games conference to speak about my work, that often it's presumed that I'm the marketing girl - that's annoying. "
" I find the sneeriness about 'selfie-culture' quite boring - I'm excited by young people taking control of their own images and finding out for themselves how much Photoshop has done for models. "
" If something is a problem, it's all right to admit it. "
" If you hold strong convictions against gay marriage, you shouldn't apply for a job as a registrar. "
" I get migraines. I've had them all my life; so has my dad. So did his grandmother, although back then they called them 'sick headaches.' "
" I got my first library card, for Hendon Library in north London, when I was two years old. "
" I grew up an Orthodox Jew, and now I'm not an Orthodox Jew. So I have sympathy for people who lose their faith. "
" I had a year of panic attacks. I was feeling really pressured, like I could never do it again. With a first novel, you put things on hold because it takes so much mental energy and self-belief to keep on writing. "
" I hated sports at school. Almost everyone did. "
" I hate to be one of those people who forwards links to 'hilarious pictures' or 'brilliant games' to half their contacts database. "
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