” As someone who spent a lot of years living in Jerusalem, one of the great perks is that when you come back, and you get into these Israel arguments in your American-Jewish clan, you can really just silence them by saying, ‘I lived there.’ So we used it like a bludgeon. “


” When you’re in a world, and your parents are one way, and you’re told, ‘This is how the whole world is, and this is how you’re supposed to be,’ and you’re terribly unhappy in that world, it’s a very scary thing. “


” My mother raised me very clearly that if you cross the street, you will die. If you go outside, you will die. If you play sports, you will likely die. That’s what I was getting at home. “


” So many people discuss, you know, Israel/Palestine as if it’s people on a spectrum. “


” Human experience is infinite. Lives are infinite. Stories are infinite. Just because one story has gravity in it doesn’t mean you can’t write a different one with gravity in it. “


” When you see ‘editor’ on a book, there are many permutations of what that title can mean. “


” I’d chosen to dedicate my life to writing, and I asked myself, ‘if you write your whole life, and nobody ever sees a word, is it as a writer that you die? “


” It’s so easy to call something a Jewish story or a gay story or a woman’s story. Aesthetically, if a story is not universal, it has failed. Your obligation is to the story. One rule creatively, and emotionally, is its universality. “


” I don’t think it’s the writer’s job to give answers or to give opinions. In fact, when a writer has answers, I think the work ends up being corrupted. It becomes didactic. What a book does is share a consciousness and invite people to explore the questions as best as you can. “


” Every book is vulnerable, and every book is nerve-wracking, but I’ve never been both so excited and terrified to have a book coming into the world. It’s an expressly loaded subject, one on which you can’t win. “



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