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"As far as I can establish, the owner of the shop who was quite mad, decided there would be a 45-minute break in the middle of the signing, during which she seemed to have decided that the 15-year-old stockgirl who obviously had a huge crush on my books and I should probably go off to the warehouse space in the back and get to know each other as well as possible. At which point Kathy [Acker] turned up on a motorbike with leopard-spotted hair and rescued me."
"Yeah, it’s weird, you know, you can buy a handgun, but when you go down to the South and there’s people walking around in restaurants with handguns in their holsters and stuff like that, and I think, well, if I get drunk, I don’t want to bump into this guy or fall across him. This is crazy, this is absolutely crazy. Yet if you say the word, “cunt,” you’re going to be ostracized, and you think, why is there this big taboo with words? I’ve called a few people cunts and none of them have died."
"It is not difficult to see The Dispossessed as a thinly veiled first contact narrative between someone from a largely communal, tribal society and, oh... let's just say "Academia." It's a novel of ideas, basically, and thus has proven remarkably difficult to illustrate, despite having gone through roughly a billion cover iterations."
"I'm always surprised when my stuff takes off -- I mean, I write about the last man on Earth and his monkey, a guy and his jet-pack. I spent three years writing about talking animals. I can't imagine why anyone likes this sort of crap -- I always expect it to crash and burn. But it's nice to get that sort of reaction."
"It dawned on me that here is one way of thinking about Margaret Mead, at least the Mead that emerges in To Cherish: a person most at home in two places at once. I don’t mean “place” only in a geographic sense, although the idea does apply to Mead’s famous fieldwork in anthropology. When she lived for long periods in Samoa or Bali, she missed her American home and envisioned it vividly. Mead was also most at home when bringing together pure anthropology and applied social science. Deeply committed to furthering anthropology’s method and theory, she was committed to activism in a troubled world."
Barbara J. King
"Actually I wanted to write the sequel to HOUSE OF LEAVES. Where's Johnny?, who's Thumper doing?, the house now in China, that sort of thing. Pantheon would have none of it. They told me 2-colors was for sissies. What about 4 colors? What about precise line counts? word counts? They wanted to know if I'd considered ribbons. They hurled stacks of books my way. Milton, Wordsworth, Whitman. Italian philosophers. Tutored me on artists like Goldsworthy and Turrell. Challenged me to challenge concepts of story, landscape, drive. They never let up. Locked me up. Now and then they'd give me a little honey. I like honey."
Geoffrey H. Goodwin