"Within a range of credible choices ...our lives can work out in different ways, all of which are as good or bad as each other."
"When you go for the exotic, you have that kind of energy difference generates. It expands your world. But if you go for familiarity, you have comfort, companionship that comes perhaps a little more naturally. You have the prospect of both understanding and being understood."
"It is the way I am going to be perceived by other people forever, right? So attempts to mute or deny that fact tend to backfire, because they just come across as if you are ashamed of who you are."
Interview of Lionel Shriver by Stephanie Bunbury
On Junichiro Tanizaki's The Maids
6 months ago