And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.
We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways - you know minor ways and major ways - like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.
Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.
I think what we have in this country is a little more dangerous in a way because it can't be seen fully. It's sorta internal censorship. We censor each other.
I write it to get it out of me. I don't write it to remember it.
I might be writing what people expect me to write, writing from that place where I might be ruled by economic considerations. To overcome that, I started working with my dreams, because I'm not so censored when I use dream material.
I think it's really important to find out why people hurt you or try to oppose you or whatever.
I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.
On the surface we all act like we all love each other and we're free and easy, and actually we're far more moralistic than any other society I've ever lived in.
One of the reasons I think the ultra right-wing has such power in this country is that no one talks out.
That's what the right-wing is good at: figuring out the left wing.
First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic.
I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible.
I wasn't really into body piercings until I found that about half my female students had them.
There's a backlash against womyn that's really bad right now.
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