Books

"On the other hand, if they must make a statement--an argument for more casual depictions of smart interesting women; a refusal to represent smart women in a way that marks them out as supposed “exceptions” to women universally; a call for more written records of conversations between women that capture everything that’s unique to them, and everything that’s not--those are statement I’m happy for us to make."

-Dayna Tortorici, No Regrets

"The sheets in the photographs match the sheets on the bed. The body looks good. The face isn't much. I smile. I'm one of them now, a blade in the guts of some future girl."

From Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan

"That 'writers write' is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all."

-Renata Adler, Speedboat 

"Men adore pretty women--courting them, and bragging about it when they get one into bed. But what they actually love best is to watch them fall and pretend to pity them, or even openly delight in their humiliation."

-Virginie Despentes, King Kong Theory

"REAL,THE (see also: Crazy), Something else the man in boots has admired, reading you: he wants to understand how you managed to create a 'crazy sounding' voice without 'really' sounding crazy."

-Suzanne Scanlon, Her 37th Year: An Index