The Prime of Life by Simone de Beauvoir “shows the worth of experimentation.”
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
The filmmaker was a freshman at UCLA when she first read Their Eyes Were Watching God.
She returned to The Left Hand of Darkness, “probably to distract myself from reality.”
“Little Women was my first consciousness of what it meant to really love and inhabit and identify with a book.”
“When I read The House on Mango Street, it was suddenly like, Oh, this is literature, too.”
The Little Virtues shows how an essay “can make you feel the wonderment of being alive.”
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri “gave voice to the conflict I felt as an Indian American.”
The Lover, by Marguerite Duras, is “beyond anything that I as a writer could do.”
Janet Malcolm “dismantles everyone’s pretensions right in front of you.”
Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, “re-creates the experience of being new to language.”
“Gertrude Stein’s Lectures in America totally changed my sense of what writing was.”
“Our heritage has a lot of difficult stuff in it.”
The Land of Little Rain by Mary Hunter Austin.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
The Aubrey Trilogy by Rebecca West.
Forty-one False Starts by Janet Malcolm.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
“I don’t want people to talk about what I’m
wearing. That’s usually why I don’t wear too much.”
The toilet costs between $1.5 and $2.5 million.