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Lots of loneliness in general. If you don’t want to play the role of being fragile & dependent.
On the plus side, being alone means lots of time to write.
If you’re a woman, it’s almost impossible to establish a relationship. You’re too much for everybody. It’s too much. The woman always has to play this role of being fragile and dependent. And if you’re not, they are fascinated by you, but only for a little while. And then they want to change you and crush you. And then they leave. So, lots of lonely hotel rooms, my dear.
Interview with Emma Brockes
Guardian newspaper 12th May 2014
Absolutely without a doubt. I have never thought as writing as a “hobby”. It is a part of me. It’s who I am.
The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.
Speech at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing, May 18, 2009
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