Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times
“There aren’t two sides to everything. There are eleven, or a hundred... and it’s a gross distortion of reality to say... there has to be a winner or a loser. Reality is much more diverse and interesting than that. In later years, if I’m remembered at all it will be for inventing a phrase like “reproductive freedom”... as a phrase it includes the freedom to have children or not to. So it makes it possible for us to make a coalition. I think the revolutionary role of a writer is to make language that makes coalition possible, language that makes us see things in a new way. I do get burned out from time to time... I didn’t pace myself. I just went flat out, lecturing, organizing... Then I would stop... and do something else... You can’t be flat-out active all the time... you need time to think and read. You’ve got to be active in cycles.”
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