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There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun.
As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.
But I think that sometimes, when one's behaved like a rather second-rate person, the way I did at breakfast, then in a kind of self-destructive shock one goes and does something really second-rate. Almost as if to prove it...
Nature can seem cruel, but she balances her books.
Other wars end eventually in victory, defeat or exhaustion, but the war between men and women goes on forever.
You get into the habit of being angry and hurt by life, and then when something good happens you can't accept it because it doesn't fit the pattern.
Conspicuous consumption in dress still survives in two locations: the private lives of the urban rich and the public lives of the urban poor.
There's a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.
Clothes which make a woman's life difficult and handicap her in competition with men are always felt to be sexually attractive
If nothing will finally survive of life besides what artists report of it, we have no right to report what we know to be lies.
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In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
September 3, 1926
Alison Lurie is an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs (1984)
The War Between the Tates (1974)
The language of clothes (1981)
Don't Tell the Grown-Ups (1990)
The nowhere city (1965)
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