Important Quotations Explained
1. No one remembers her beginnings. Mothers and aunts tell us about
infancy and early childhood, hoping we won’t forget the past when they had
total control over our lives and secretly praying that because of it, we’ll
include them in our future.
2. Well, if it makes a difference to them, the hell with them, too. I
can’t see why it’s such a big deal. Who cares how you get here? I don’t
care. I really don’t care. I got myself born, that’s what counts. I’m
3. Why does everyone have to put you in a box and nail the lid on it?
I don’t know what I am—polymorphous and perverse. Shit. I don’t even know if
I’m white. I’m me. That’s all I am and all I want to be. Do I have to be
4. People have no selves anymore (maybe they never had them in the
first place) so their home base is their sex—their genitals, who they
5. I wished I could be that frog back at Ep’s old pond. I wished I
could get up in the morning and look at the day the way I used to when I was
a child. I wished I could walk down the streets and not hear those constant,
abrasive sounds from the mouths of the opposite sex. Damn, I wished the
world would let me be myself. But I knew better on all counts. I wish I
could make my films. That wish I can work for.
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