Dorothy Allison

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Dorothy Allison

Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that if we are not beautiful to each other, we cannot know beauty in any form.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Two or three things I know for sure, and one is that I'd rather go naked than wear the coat the world has made for me.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I tell my students you have an absolute right to write about people you know and love. You do. But the kicker is you have a responsibility to make the characters large enough that you will not have sinned against them.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I saw him speak here before, I could look into the audience and see people who look like him laughing at things I didn't know the references to. There is an intimacy between Chicago writers and the population of this city that I find really wonderful. It's warm and it's welcoming. It's a little like going to a Baptist church. They know when to say 'Amen'.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Independent presses and bookstores give access to literature specific to a place. Readers can find stories they need.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was born in 1949, and by the time I was 10, I figured out that my hope chest was not aimed in the same direction everybody else's was. And that life was going to be very, very complicated. And that I could either be provocative and declamatory, or shy, retiring and scared.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wanted to start over completely, to begin again as new people with nothing of the past left over. I wanted to run away from who we had been seen to be, who we had been... It's the first thing I think of when trouble comes - the geographic solution. Change your name, leave town, disappear, make yourself over. What hides behind that impulse is the conviction that the life you have lived, the person you are, is valueless, better off abandoned, that running away is easier than trying to change things, that change itself More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Beauty, my first girlfriend said to me, is that inner quality often associated with great amounts of leisure time.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Women lose their lives not knowing they can do something different. Men eat themselves up believing they have to be the thing they have been made. Children go crazy. Really, even children go crazy, believing the shape of the life they must live is as small and mean and broken as they are told.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Behind my carefully buttoned collar is my nakedness, the struggle to find clean clothes, food, meaning, and money. Behind sex is rage, behind anger is love, behind this moment is silence, years of silence.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It ain't that you get religion. Religion gets you and then milks you dry. Won't let you drink a little whiskey. Won't let you make no fat-assed girls grin and giggle. Won't let you do a damn thing except work for what you'll get in the hearafter. I live in the here and now.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Two or three things I know, two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that to go on living I have to tell stories, that stories are the one sure way I know to touch the heart and change the worldMore Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am the only one who can tell the story of my life and say what it means.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I want hard stories, I demand them from myself. Hard stories are worth the difficulty. It seems to me the only way I have forgiven anything, understood anything, is through that process of opening up to my own terror and pain and reexamining it, re-creating it in the story, and making it something different, making it meaningful - even if the meaning is only in the act of the telling.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Delia picked at the raw sores of her conscience...Drunk or sober, Delia lived in the small town in her heart, ignoring the world in which all her love had turned to grief.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My heart broke all over again. I wanted my life back, my mama, but I knew I would never have that. The child I had been was gone with the child she had been. We were new people, and we didn't know each other anymore. I shook my head desperately.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everything that comes to us is a blessing or a test. That’s all you need to know in this life…just the certainty that God’s got His eye on you, that He knows what you are made of, what you need to grow on. Why,questioning’s a sin, it’s pointless. He will show you your path in His own good time. And long as I remember that, I’m fine.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't believe that there is any true friendship without a bond of honor, and the honor in friendship is the respect you give the other that she also gives you.More Dorothy Allison [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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