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" You learn the most from sitting down and doing the work, regularly, patiently, sometimes in hope, sometimes despairingly. "
" I've always been a reader of science fiction, and I have loved a lot of feminist science fiction. "
" The thing about having true fans, it seems, is that they remain loyal to their idea of what the work meant to them. And that might make them more exacting than the toughest studio executive or publishing boss. "
" 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.' "
" 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! "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We all know that the desire for perfection can get in the way of authenticity and enjoyment; it's the same with games. There's a completist part to many of us that can't rest until we reach the perfect 100% finish point. "
" 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. "
" I love books. I want to read them, and I want to own them so they're always available to be reread. "
" 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 hate to be one of those people who forwards links to 'hilarious pictures' or 'brilliant games' to half their contacts database. "
" 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. "
" No one in tech has ever been as sexist toward me as teachers and rabbis before I was 12 years old. "
" 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. "
" I have a suspicion of lockstep and everyone looking in the same direction: that's a key character trait in me. "
" My childhood was full of shocks and alarums, and I had to work a long time to make a life that pleases me. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The worst things that ever happened to me were before I was 20. It has been slow, hard-won improvement since then. "
" Too many keep-fit ideas are designed for those who are already fit, and they're just no fun. "
" I listen to terrible music when exercising. I mean, like, early Madonna, Boney M, the Fratellis, Shakira... I can't claim interesting musical taste. "
" If something is a problem, it's all right to admit it. "
" 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. "
" We urgently need to address the assumption bound up in our employment laws and custody arrangements that women are the 'natural child carers' and men don't really want much to do with their children. "
" 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. "
" The politics of fear are always the same. They are easily recognisable in retrospect. They are easy to acquiesce in at the time. "
" I grew up an Orthodox Jew, and now I'm not an Orthodox Jew. So I have sympathy for people who lose their faith. "
" 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 was incredibly inspired by Oprah Winfrey as a young woman. "
" Just as readers often turn into writers, novel-writers often become novel-reviewers. "