Literary Birthday - 3 September - Alison Lurie

Happy Birthday, Alison Lurie, born 3 September 1926

Seven Quotes

  1. 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.
  2. There’s a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.
  3. 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.
  4. As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. I always revise everything four or five times.

Lurie is an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs

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