Quotations From ANGELA CARTER

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  • 11.
    A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).
  • 12.
    Hollywood ... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of several books about Hollywood movies, The Guardian (1988).

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  • 13.
    Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of John Berger, Once in Europa, The Washington Post (1989).
  • 14.
    I will tell you what Jeanne was like. She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Black Venus, Chatto & Windus (1985). "Black Venus," p. 9, "Next Editions" (1980).

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  • 15.
    I haven't changed much, over the years. I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).

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  • 16.
    Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982).

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  • 17.
    A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).
  • 18.
    Since the fin has come a little early this siecle and anomie is all the rage, wry, dry tenderness is a suspect commodity.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on Grace Paley's fiction, London Review of Books (1980).
  • 19.
    Home is where the heart is and hence a movable feast.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Virago (1992). Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings, "My Father's House," New Society (1976).

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  • 20.
    This fellow mixes his metaphors the way a toper does his drinks and, I daresay, gets just as tipsy on them.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 5, Chatto & Windus (1984).
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