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For many decades my relations with my parents constituted unfinished business. I had dealt with them through sheer avoidance and guilt. — Alix Kates Shulman

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I see old age not as something to hide from or dread (though there is much to oppose in the usual treatment of the old) but rather as something to embrace as the natural and inevitable end. — Alix Kates Shulman

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I am a feminist. I'm trying to show the relationships between men and women, always the structural relations, not individual villains. I'd never make a husband a villain. I try very hard in my work not to - because if I made one man a villain, the rest would be off the hook. I'm interested in the system of oppression. — Alix Kates Shulman

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When you witness the end of a life up close day by day, you begin to understand time and mortality in profound ways. You see time's relativity, death's necessity. — Alix Kates Shulman

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If one day I should hear the hacker's slow, booted step on the stair, perhaps I'll suggest a cup of tea and try to get the story of his life. — Alix Kates Shulman

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There is a lot of gender segregation. You still have many poor women who work in women-only jobs. In the family, in most cases, only women have the double job of working outside the home and taking care of the family. — Alix Kates Shulman

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People often say to me now, "Your work changed my life." I'm sure that's an exaggeration, but they say it had a big effect on them and enabled them to change. I'm not sure I believe that a book will cause someone to change. — Alix Kates Shulman

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It's always difficult to write honestly of one's deepest feelings, particularly without the protective veil of fiction. But the more difficult, the more rewarding if one succeeds. Rewarding not only to the work but to one's peace of mind. — Alix Kates Shulman

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Our society has very much limited our choices, even regarding the food we think acceptable. — Alix Kates Shulman

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In my books, my idea is always to explore social context and social forces. — Alix Kates Shulman

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The movement for women's liberation was about an emotional transformation, an explosion, a feeling all over the country that things must be different, and ideas about how they should be. I think fiction can capture that kind of thing better than other genres because in fiction you can explore the feelings of your characters - the before and the after. — Alix Kates Shulman

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Sexism goes so deep that at first it's hard to see; you think it's just reality. — Alix Kates Shulman

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My mirror image always had to be interpreted. And for that I sought my reflection in someone else's eyes. — Alix Kates Shulman

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Within walking distance of any spot on Earth there's probably more than enough mystery to investigate in a lifetime. — Alix Kates Shulman

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For two years I watched my parents' lives wind to a close. This made me aware of old age as a one stage, the final one, of a long journey. — Alix Kates Shulman

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One important part of historical recording is to get people of another generation to understand the feelings, the passion that went into social transformation. That's why oral history is so valuable. — Alix Kates Shulman

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When farming became a corporate venture, and the distribution of food became corporate, the variety of foods that were considered good diminished greatly. I know that there's a lot of misconception about this, that people think we have more food variety than ever before, but, in fact, if you read any of the studies, you'll find we have fewer foods than before. — Alix Kates Shulman

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The world is abundant with food for us, and with everything we need, if only we just open our eyes. There's so much food that gets thrown out or never harvested. — Alix Kates Shulman

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When I became a feminist, when the movement started in the late sixties, I started writing because I had something urgent to say. My first novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, is the product of that urgency. — Alix Kates Shulman

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I am not a psychological novelist, and I try very hard not to allow the reader to see the plight or circumstances of the characters as individual psychological plights. That's my preference; still, a lot of people do read my novels as psychological studies, and they're right to read them that way too, if that's what they mean to them. — Alix Kates Shulman

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Fiction is ideally suited to re-creating the important emotional aspects of history. — Alix Kates Shulman

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I think you get mentally ill being homeless. Most of the bag ladies wind up mentally ill pretty quickly - what people would call paranoid - because they are in such danger. I don't know if it's really paranoia because they are in great danger. Terrible things happen to them, and they lose everything. How could they not become at the very least severely depressed? — Alix Kates Shulman

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I don't really think myself that sex work is necessarily more demeaning than other kinds of demeaning work. — Alix Kates Shulman

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Usually, ordinary histories don't get the emotional feel of a period. That's what a novel can do. — Alix Kates Shulman

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I did not intend to be a writer. I first wanted to be a lawyer, like my father. Then I got bit by the bug of philosophy and wanted to be a philosophy professor. I went to graduate school and quickly discovered it was impossible for a woman in those days - this was the early fifties - to be a philosopher, so I gave that up. — Alix Kates Shulman

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As I experienced life on the island, without electricity, plumbing or telephone, I thought it was important to show that people can live as I did without dying or falling apart. I wanted people to understand that we don't need everything that our culture tells us we have to have to be satisfied. — Alix Kates Shulman