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" My parents are both intellectuals and readers; my mother would take me to the library every few days from before I was one year old. "
" 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. "
" I wish that positions of power dependent on education were as open to abused children, poor children, working-class children as they are to the children of the rich and successful. I really wish that were true. "
" I like things that take you by the hand and say, 'You think you know about this - you think you understand it - but there's so much that you don't.' "
" The demands of having to be 'masculine' are as damaging to men as the demands of having to be 'feminine' are to women. I wish we could all agree just to wash it all away. Begin again. "
" Traditions are always puzzling to those who don't share them. I'm Jewish, so the idea of a 'perfect family Christmas' is foreign to me. "
" I am a geek, and proud of it. "
" The species will continue, whatever apocalypse we manage to unleash. It just won't be much fun to live through. "
" When a marriage founders, this may well be cause for tremendous sadness, but it's not a failure of spirit or character. People change, their goals and dreams alter, their ideas of themselves grow, or they just meet someone they like better. "
" Our culture tends to denigrate things that are associated with women. It's OK for women to wear trousers, for example, but not OK for men to wear skirts. "
" There's some really good stuff in the way I was brought up. There's some really rubbish stuff as well. "
" You can't write a thing that is hermetically sealed; there has to be a way for the audience to get in and participate. I think that's a massively valuable discipline for any artist. "
" Utopias and dystopias can exist side by side, even in the same moment. Which one you're in depends entirely on your point of view. "
Point Of View
" I've only got anywhere with Minecraft by getting my friends to explain it. "
" I have no wish to offend, but I do think that holy cows need challenging. "
" No human quality belongs to only one class of person. We all get to be both aggressive and loving. We all get to delight in our careers and revel in our children. We're all kind and brave, soft and hard, sciency and artsy, interested in being looked at and in admiring others' physical form. Everything. "
" 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. "
" I was incredibly inspired by Oprah Winfrey as a young woman. "
" It is a very different feeling to be in a fat body that is moving a lot to one that hardly moves at all. It feels like love. As simple and as joyful as that. "
" We human beings get nervous if we don't know what's going on. It's the rule for creating scary stories: the unknown is always more frightening than the known. "
" One of the hardest challenges posed by the modern world is how to deal with abundance. It's even harder to confront because admitting that it's a problem seems spoiled. "
" 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. "
" No one in tech has ever been as sexist toward me as teachers and rabbis before I was 12 years old. "
" While 'Iron Man' is tremendous fun, it's another reminder of the pressure on all of us to make ourselves increasingly perfect and a little less human. And that is something it is important to resist. "
" I hated sports at school. Almost everyone did. "
" I love books. I want to read them, and I want to own them so they're always available to be reread. "
" The truth is, none of us is OK, not really. The best, most dear, most thoughtful and engaged and open and feminist men in my life have occasionally come out with some statement that's made me gasp. Then again, so have almost all the women. "
" I've been a comics fan since my first hit of those gateway drawings: Judy, Asterix, and the TV cartoon 'Spider-Man and his Amazing Friend' - which naturally led me to Spider-Man comics. "
" I used to think there was something cheap in trying to make beautiful sentences. Now I think language has its own ways and ends, and it does one's thinking good to try to serve them. Beauty isn't truth. But a certain kind of clear beauty will help in the pursuit of truth. "
" I have a suspicion of lockstep and everyone looking in the same direction: that's a key character trait in me. "
" Too many keep-fit ideas are designed for those who are already fit, and they're just no fun. "