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Quotes by:
Jhumpa Lahiri

I think that what I have been truly searching for as a person, as a writer,

I think that what I have been truly searching for as a person, as a writer, as a thinker, as a daughter, is freedom. That is my mission. A sense of liberty, the liberty that comes not only from self-awareness but also from letting go of many things. Many
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

He told me he was working as an interpreter in a doctor's office in Brookli

He told me he was working as an interpreter in a doctor's office in Brookline, Massachusetts, where I was living at the time, and he was translating for a doctor who had a number of Russian patients. On my way home, after running into him, I just heard th
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I love reading poetry, and yet, at this point, the thought of writing a poe

I love reading poetry, and yet, at this point, the thought of writing a poem, to me, is tantamount to figuring out a trigonometry question.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

From the beginnings of literature, poets and writers have based their narra

From the beginnings of literature, poets and writers have based their narratives on crossing borders, on wandering, on exile, on encounters beyond the familiar. The stranger is an archetype in epic poetry, in novels. The tension between alienation and ass
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

If you look at my characters as a group, they all have a different relation

If you look at my characters as a group, they all have a different relationship with the way that places can signify emotion in them - and the way those bonds can be shattered.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

My parents had an arranged marriage, as did so many other people when I was

My parents had an arranged marriage, as did so many other people when I was growing up. My father came and had a life in the United States one way and my mother had a different one, and I was very aware of those things. I continue to wonder about it, and
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I don't know why, but the older I get the more interested I get in my paren

I don't know why, but the older I get the more interested I get in my parents' marriage. And it's interesting to be married yourself, too, because there is an inevitable comparison.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

In graduate school, I decide to write my doctoral thesis on how Italian arc

In graduate school, I decide to write my doctoral thesis on how Italian architecture influenced English playwrights of the seventeenth century. I wonder why certain playwrights decided to set their tragedies, written in English, in Italian palaces.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Almost any American can connect on some level to a family background of hav

Almost any American can connect on some level to a family background of having come across some ocean. They say, 'My great-grandparents came from wherever... this is why we have this last name, why we do this thing at Christmas.' All the details get water
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I've never had Internet access. Actually, I have looked at things on other

I've never had Internet access. Actually, I have looked at things on other people's computers as a bystander. A few times in my life I've opened email accounts, twice actually, but it's something I don't want in my life right now.
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I'm bound to fail when I write in Italian, but unlike my sense of failure i

I'm bound to fail when I write in Italian, but unlike my sense of failure in the past, this doesn't torment or grieve me.
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