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Born: 1935-01-30
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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It's strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult.

Tags: Life, Simple, Strange

All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds.

Tags: History, Mine, Place

Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there's nothing there, how can anything go wrong?

Tags: Perfection, Space, Wrong

I didn't know the full dimensions of forever, but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.

Tags: Knew, Waiting

I don't want my daughter to be educated. I think women should just be decorative.

Tags: Daughter, Educated, Women

I'll think about things for thirty or forty years before I'll write it.

Tags: Forty, Thirty, Write

I'm in a constant process of thinking about things.

Tags: Constant, Process, Thinking

As a citizen of the post-historical variety, I am in continual mourning and prepared for worse.

Tags: Citizen, Prepared, Worse

Falling in love with landscapes is what L.A. women do. It doesn't necessarily imply betrothal or marriage.

Tags: Love, Marriage, Women

I have a great ability to improvise verbally, and I am very funny on a dime.

Tags: Ability, Funny, Great

I'm manic-depressive, technically bi-polar II with many borderline features.

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If you can be anything else but a writer, be it.

Tags: Else, Writer

Unfortunately, the more chaotic the society, the greater is the desire for conservative, nonconfrontational art.

Tags: Art, Desire, Society

I find women as writers and as characters are operating within narrow confines. They inherit a kind of ghetto of the soul. I'm trying to enlarge the spectrum.

Tags: Soul, Trying, Women

I've written books as acts of discovery: things I need to know and that I need to touch. And it's very dangerous work to deal with the most toxic internal elements... I feel like Madame Curie at my computer. I feel like I should be hemorrhaging from my eyes and ears.

Tags: Dangerous, Eyes, Work

Male critics and men in the publishing industry want from their women writers what they want from their wives. I'm interested in presenting characters that are more challenging, threatening, complicated and unpredictable.

Tags: Interested, Men, Women

There's a bizarre prejudice that exists in the New York publishing establishment that any work outside the tri-state area is being done by trained chimpanzees, that geography screens out sensibility. There's an idea that all Los Angeles writing is about the movie industry, that it's vulgar, shallow and banal.

Tags: Done, Work, Writing

You don't just leave Los Angeles. Such a departure requires magical intervention. You can't simply purchase a ticket to another destination. You must disappear.

Tags: Another, Leave, Simply

I am interested in the study of music and the discipline of music and the experience of music and music as a esoteric mechanism to continue my real intentions.

Tags: Experience, Music, Real

Everybody in America is angry about something.

Tags: America, Anger, Angry

I am viewed as the Negro who has gone outside of the categories assigned to me.

Tags: Assigned, Gone, Outside

I have learned through time that not everyone is interested in the kinds of things that fascinate me.

Tags: Everyone, Learned, Time

I'm seeking to have an art that is engaged as a way for saying, 'Hurray for unity.'

Tags: Art, Saying, Unity

My work has been marginalized as far as the jazz-business complex is concerned, or the contemporary-music complex.

Tags: Concerned, Far, Work

So, yes, I am in the underground, but actually, it feels like home.

Tags: Actually, Home, Yes

The word music is a convenient way to talk about what I'm interested in, but actually, in some ways, it's a limitation.

Tags: Music, Talk, Word
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Growing up in the '50s and being in the '60s, in that revolutionary time space, I thought freedom was what I was looking for. Slowly but surely, it became clear that the last thing I was interested in was freedom. Because if you're going to be free, you have to be free from something.

Tags: Freedom, Thought, Time

I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I'm a professional student of music.

Tags: Music, Thought, Young

I thank the Creator of the universe to have discovered the discipline of music was the greatest gift that I could have been given, the possibility to be a student working in the world.

Tags: Greatest, Music, Working

I would find myself backing away from all of the 'isms,' all of the communities. I have always been able to be misused by every community But that is OK. I would rather be misused than neglected.

Tags: Able, Away, Rather

Most African Americans, especially the men and women from my generation, would accept the nationalist gambit that says only European Americans can be racists, which is an interesting gambit.

Tags: Accept, Men, Women
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