I worry about the very pernicious way we elevate and separate ourselves from other beasts, the way we rationalize our comfort and ease, our worship of the self, as healthy. It's enticing, but with a terrible taint of evil.

Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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When it comes to American Indians, mainstream America suffers from willful blindness.

I've always been interested in obsessive, insane people.

I like to amuse myself.

You're lucky if people like your book, and the more people that like it, the luckier I feel.

I have a king bed, one of those memory-foam mattresses that doesn't jiggle as you get in or out. Even if you cleaved it down the middle with a pickax, the thing wouldn't tremble. It's practically earthquake-proof.

I wanted to write about this tropical honeymoon in part because I had the most drastically terrible honeymoon.

Everyone desires to laugh sometimes, and I want to make that available.

Wyoming, home to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, is also the country's largest coal producer and one of its largest gas drillers. Two-thirds of the state's gas-drilling rigs are on public lands in the increasingly industrialized Greater Green River Basin.

The question of one versus two species of African elephants isn't about settling an arcane DNA argument; it's about life or death for these majestic, extraordinary creatures.

I think the best fiction is a form of psychological suspense, even though I don't really write in that idiom.

Oil drilling and coal mining are killing endangered wildlife, polluting rivers, creating smog over wilderness areas and blocking wildlife corridors in America's most treasured landscapes.

If I can't find a way to love it, I let it go. Kind of the opposite of the popular homily.

When I was 16, I went to Berlin - West Berlin, since at that time a wall still divided the city - to live for three months with a family on an exchange program.

I'm not calculating enough in the way I approach writing.