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I think it's really important to find out why people hurt you or try to oppose you or whatever.

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.

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.

I write it to get it out of me. I don't write it to remember it.

I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic.

I question: do we really understand the differences between modernist and postmodernist?

Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating.

Yeah, I mean, I put work out there for people to use and I'm grateful when you use 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.

And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.

You can do whatever you want with my work.

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.

And internalization is used in this country as a very effective political tool.

I found my voice was a reaction to all that voice stuff.

I mean, once work's out there it's meant to be used.

I wasn't really into body piercings until I found that about half my female students had them.

I'm very staid compared to my students, actually.

One of the reasons I think the ultra right-wing has such power in this country is that no one talks out.

You know I've had work banned.