I wanted to go into the tropics and save animals - and write, of course.

Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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I can be pretty dense about my own basic needs, when my focus is getting through the many small tasks of a day's work and a day's caretaking.

People who are obsessed amuse me.

If you're doing creative work, that work should never feel trivial - even if what you're doing is for hire or lightly intended. Even the mundane doesn't have to be trivial.

The summer after I got divorced, my children asked to sleep in my bed again. It would be the first time we'd shared a bed since they were infants.

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

Children depend mightily on animals for comfort, inspiration, imagination, and art. And parents have long recognized this.

We read our children stories starring elephants and monkeys and bears to teach them about nobility, curiosity and courage, to warn them against selfishness and stubbornness.

The grizzly bears that live in and around Yellowstone make up almost half the population in the lower 48 states, and now those bears are at risk.

In October 2014, for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century, a gray wolf was seen loping along the forested North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. She had walked hundreds of miles, probably from Wyoming or Idaho.

'Dept. of Speculation' contains numerous enviable lines.

Work-wise, I try not to repeat myself too often. And I have to love whatever I'm doing.

Do we seek delicate phraseology in politics or other forms of public life? We do not.

If Oak Flat were a Christian holy site or, for that matter, Jewish or Muslim, no senator who wished to remain in office would dare to sneak a backdoor deal for its destruction into a spending bill - no matter what mining-company profits or jobs might result. But this is Indian religion.

I'm for any woman who loves sloths.