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" It seems to me that the time for subtlety in our American life has passed. "
" I have a king bed, one of those memory-foam mattresses that doesn't jiggle as you get in or out. Even if you cleaved it down the middle with a pickax, the thing wouldn't tremble. It's practically earthquake-proof. "
" We were a Seuss family. As a child, I read almost all of his books, but the one I loved best was 'The Lorax.' "
" If the dinosaurs are any indication, there's a place in our pantheon for the extinct. My son has a blue plushy allosaurus he calls Spot-Spot, with whom he often sleeps. "
" I don't write the same book twice. "
" I like to amuse myself. "
" Children depend mightily on animals for comfort, inspiration, imagination, and art. And parents have long recognized this. "
" I don't tend to picture my characters as actors and actresses. "
" In 1805, the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, making their way across the West, were warned by American Indian tribes of grizzly bears' awesome strength. "
" People who are obsessed amuse me. "
" Do we seek delicate phraseology in politics or other forms of public life? We do not. "
" If you're doing creative work, that work should never feel trivial - even if what you're doing is for hire or lightly intended. Even the mundane doesn't have to be trivial. "
" I think that young readers have very strong stomachs. "
" We paint a slow picture. You can see the brushstrokes. We don't get to the point, and sometimes when we do, our readers don't notice, in fact. It's so couched in nuance, it can fly right over a person's head. 'What was that you said? I couldn't quite make it out.' "
" I wanted to go into the tropics and save animals - and write, of course. "
" L.A., for me, is a perfect microcosm of America - because it's so profligate, and so glamorous, and so anti-intellectual, finally. "
" I had hoped that going to Hiroshima would reveal something small, gritty, and precise to countervail the epic quality of historical accounts. "
" Wyoming, home to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, is also the country's largest coal producer and one of its largest gas drillers. Two-thirds of the state's gas-drilling rigs are on public lands in the increasingly industrialized Greater Green River Basin. "
" Most climate debates have focused on cutting the use of fossil fuels. But besides a few high-profile scuffles over fuel extraction in vulnerable wild places like the offshore Arctic, political leaders have ignored fossil fuel production as a necessary piece of climate strategy. "
" The summer after I got divorced, my children asked to sleep in my bed again. It would be the first time we'd shared a bed since they were infants. "
" What makes 'The Lorax' such a powerful fable is partly its shamelessness. It pulls no punches; it wears its teacher heart on its sleeve. "
" No one bought my screenplays. "
" There has to be space for play in literature. We all need some breathing room. "
" Most of my books have something to do with L.A. "
" I came to understand that a German nudist, in 1984, loved little more than to work on his or her tan. "
" When I was 16, I went to Berlin - West Berlin, since at that time a wall still divided the city - to live for three months with a family on an exchange program. "
" Everyone desires to laugh sometimes, and I want to make that available. "
" The Free Body Culture gave me a gift I might never have received had I refused to play along. It left me with an acute sense of the absurd - one I still cherish - to be there among my fellow apes, awkward and less than half-willing, aiming and missing, leaping, landing and wincing. "
" I'm for any woman who loves sloths. "
" Both climate change and extinction are results of our tyranny over the nonhuman world and our domination of, and exploitation of, whole categories of each other - and those, in turn, are clearly linked to agriculture, the cattle-industrial complex, capitalism. "
" Without even knowing why, we believe that to learn how to be human - which we have many years to do, for human beings have longer childhoods than any other species, a feature that to biologists and philosophers alike is one of our race's distinguishing characteristics - children must be surrounded by animal imagery. "