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Born: 1946-10-20
Profession: Playwright
Nation: American
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I do not fight against men, but against the system that is sexist.

Tags: Against, Fight, Men

Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society as a whole while at the same time exposing it, tearing the masks from its face - for me that would be deserving of an award.

Tags: Society, Time, Whole

Eroding solidarity paradoxically makes a society more susceptible to the construction of substitute collectives and fascisms of all kinds.

Tags: Kinds, Makes, Society

I cannot stand public attention, I just can't. Of course, if I may I might write something instead.

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I do not want to have the feeling of writing 'for eternity,' so to speak.

Tags: Feeling, Speak, Writing

I think isolation is one of the greatest problems, an ever-growing obstacle to political solidarity.

Tags: Greatest, Political, Problems

I would gladly do it but I am suffering from social phobia. I cannot manage being in a crowd of people.

Tags: Cannot, Social, Suffering

It could draw from a greater reservoir of freedom. The irony could develop an even greater ease.

Tags: Freedom, Greater, Irony

My plays are made up of long monologues, which is similar to prose working with the language.

Tags: Language, Monologues, Working

The government has once again made the right socially acceptable.

Tags: Again, Government, Once

The problem is that it is difficult to translate.

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As is said about most writers: on the one hand all I ever did from when I was a child was read, and I was a loner, which was furthered by my parents and my upbringing.

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I have the feeling it will influence my future writing to the extent that without any material worries I could develop a greater ease, even lightheartedness, in my writing.

Tags: Feeling, Future, Writing

My training in music and composition then led me to a kind of musical language process in which, for example, the sound of the words I play with has to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak.

Tags: Music, True, Words

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