Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

When people say there is too much violence in [my books], what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.

Joyce Carol Oates

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?

Joyce Carol Oates

He was ugly, himself. Weird-ugly. But ugliness in a man doesn't matter, much. Ugliness in a woman is her life.

Joyce Carol Oates

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.

Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.

Joyce Carol Oates

If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.

Joyce Carol Oates

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