Happy Birthday, Alison Lurie, born 3 September 1926
- You can’t write well with only the nice parts of your character, and only about nice things. And I don’t want even to try anymore. I want to use everything, including hate and envy and lust and fear.
- There’s a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.
- Throughout my whole adult life I’ve written fiction and nonfiction. And when I can’t think of a good idea for a novel, I’ll write about something else that I’m interested in. And I’ve got lots of interests.
- As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.
- The world is not prepared for there to be so many old people in it. We have to fight that. I think people expect your life to shrink as you get older. They don’t want you to take up too much room.
- So now we’re being governed by a whole lot of people who are either weak and foolish, or cynical liars. Or a little of each.
- I always revise everything four or five times.
Alison Lurie is an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs.
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