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Born: 1939-11-19
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.

Tags: Care, Crisis, Health

Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system.

Tags: Care, Health, Today

Stem cell research holds enormous promise for easing human suffering, and federal support is critical to its success.

Tags: Human, Success, Suffering

The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.

Tags: Sex, Soon, War

The President must stop gambling with taxpayers' money and get the country back on the path of fiscal sanity.

Tags: Country, Money, Path

While President Bush's tax give-aways for the rich are pushing us further into debt, he compensates by increasing the out-of-pocket costs to our veterans.

Tags: Debt, Rich, While

A lot of our assumptions of the world are fairly cynical, fairly negative, and assume the worst. What our reading tastes show - in this rush to fantasy, romance, whatever - is that we actually still want to believe in a world of possibility, in a world of mystery.

Tags: Negative, Show, Whatever

Cheap wine is defined by its price, and it depends on personal spending limits. So for me, any wine under $10 is cheap.

Tags: Personal, Price, Wine

Films are wonderful but they do fix an identity. I can't read 'Pride and Prejudice' anymore, for instance, without imaging Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.

Tags: Pride, Read, Wonderful

I'm a storyteller, and I have really good material to work with: I've been studying magic and the occult since about 1983.

Tags: Good, Since, Work

The plain truth is that the period I study is the 16th century, and they were absolutely obsessed with witches and spiritual beings.

Tags: Spiritual, Study, Truth

The world of scholarship is much more measured in its appreciation and also its criticism than the world of popular literature.

Tags: Criticism, Literature, Popular

As a historian, I love every little detail, but whole long passages about wood paneling and journeys on horseback and every stop at every inn had to go out the window. I decided the history in the books should be like spice in a soup - a little went a long way. Like cilantro.

Tags: History, Love, Whole

For me, a $20 wine that drinks like a $40 wine in terms of complexity and interest is a value, while a $5 wine that is not very good is not a value at all in my opinion.

Tags: Good, Opinion, Wine

I couldn't resist hiding some historical details and a few clues relevant to the plot and characters of 'A Discovery of Witches' throughout the pages of the novel.

Tags: Characters, Few, Novel

I realised that today we are very much interested in reading about subjects that would have also interested people in the 1500s: ghosts, demons and things that go bump in the night.

Tags: Night, Reading, Today

I really love helping students and helping them empathize with people who lived a really long time ago. That's one of the highlights of working in fiction.

Tags: Love, Time, Working

I teach 18- to 21-year-olds - the 'Harry Potter' generation. They grew up as voracious readers, reading books in this exploding genre. But at some point, I would love for them to give Umberto Eco or A.S. Byatt a try. I hope 'A Discovery of Witches' will serve as a kind of stepping-stone.

Tags: Give, Hope, Love

I'd studied 16th century science and magic. I thought it was strange that people were interested in the same kinds of things my research was about. The more I thought about it, the more intriguing it became and pretty soon I was writing a novel about a reluctant witch and a 1500-year-old vampire.

Tags: Science, Thought, Writing

I'm a professional non-fiction reader, that's what I do. But in my 20s we had our own vampire and witch moment, courtesy of Anne Rice, whose books I read and loved.

Tags: Loved, Moment, Read

Magic provides a way of still having room for possibilities, an unlimited sense of what the world offers. Magic is always there when science is found wanting.

Tags: Found, Science, Sense

My niece was very much caught up in the vampire craze for young adults, and she thought having a vampire boyfriend would be a cool thing. What do you do on a first date? The more I thought about it, the more fun I had imagining what you'd serve a vampire for dinner.

Tags: Cool, Fun, Thought

Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, I thought maybe I could write a mystery series about a midwife in Elizabethan England. I had an elaborately convoluted title and an elaborately convoluted plotline, and at that point I got stupendously bored.

Tags: Bored, Thought, Time

There were no vampires of note in Western literature until about the 18th century. But they tell us where we park our anxieties, whether its over-powerful women, death or damnation. We make our own monsters.

Tags: Death, Tell, Women

Witches are the kind of more traditional, home and family, craft people - so they're the ones who are making things; crocheting shawls and things like that. But then they also have that slightly confident, dangerous, edge. I always see them as having very extreme hair, either amazingly beautiful straight hair or kind of wild.

Tags: Beautiful, Family, Home