Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
"The Artist as Housewife", in The First Ms. Reader (1972).
I myself hate that old Hemingwayesque paradigm of the writer as prizefighter and I have tried hard to create an alternate one for myself. When Anne Sexton admonished me, "We are all writing God's poem," I took it to mean there should be no competition between writers because we are all involved in a common project, a common prayer. But to Gore's and Norman's generation, particularly those male writers who served in the second world war, the prizefighter paradigm remains.Erica Jong
Each one an antidote to the one that went before. Each one a reaction, an about-face, a rebound.Erica Jong
Never follow a dog act. You know you're on the skids when you play yourself in the movie version of your life.Erica Jong