Mary Gaitskill

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Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, 1954) is an American author of essays, short stories and novels.


  • 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, p. 244, Simon & Schuster, 1997.
  • Somebody once said to me if you want to be understood, don't write fiction.
    • Interview on NPR All Things Considered, April 19, 2009.

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