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Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, 1954) is an American author of essays, short stories and novels.
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- She brightened. "Last week I ran a personal ad in the Guardian. I answered a few too. I'm not looking for sex; I feel too vulnerable for that. I just want somebody to hurt me and humiliate me."
- "The Wrong Thing: Stuff" in Because They Wanted To (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997), p. 244.
- My ambition was to live like music.
- Veronica (New York: Pantheon, 2005), p. 28.
- Of course there's something there; unfortunately, there's always something 'there.' Something you will one day be sorry you ever saw.
- Veronica (New York: Pantheon, 2005), p. 127.
- Everybody wanted to be depressed. But your depression was supposed to be funny, too, and that was what had proved too much for Dolores.
- "College Town, 1980", in Don't Cry (New York: Pantheon, 2009), p. 12.
- Dani said this woman, with whom she'd lived for two years, had never known her. "I feel like people accept the first thing I show them," she said, "and that's all I ever am to them."
- "Today I'm Yours", in Don't Cry (New York: Pantheon, 2009), p. 105.
- Somebody once said to me if you want to be understood, don't write fiction.
- Interview on NPR All Things Considered, April 19, 2009.