Happy Birthday, Lauren Groff, born 23 July 1978
- In the end, fiction is the craft of telling truth through lies.
- I have a feeling that books are a lot like people – they change as you age, so that some books that you hated in high school will strike you with the force of a revelation when you’re older.
- Sometimes I read a biography of some tempestuous artist and find myself longing for fireworks! booze! bloody fights!; I do think that life must be so much more thrilling when you’re actively miserable.
- When I was small and easily wounded, books were my carapace. If I were recalled to my hurts in the middle of a book they somehow mattered less. My corporeal life was slight. The dazzling one in my head was what really mattered. Returning to books was coming home.
- But I can say that if you’re a writer who happens to be a woman, you’ll get a book cover that depicts a woman with no head, or a woman turning away, or a pair of high heels. You have to fight to not get stuck with these covers. In the U.S. women are chick-lit writers unless they prove otherwise, and that’s frustrating.
- They can wound, stories, they can blister.
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