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Joy Williams

(b. 1944– )

U.S. novelist, essayist, and short-story writer

“I don’t want to talk about me, of course, but it seems as though far too much attention has been lavished on you lately—that your greed and vanities and quest for self-fulfillment have been catered to far too much. You just want and want and want. You believe in yourself excessively. You don’t believe in Nature anymore. It’s too isolated from you. You’ve abstracted it. It’s so messy and damaged and sad. Your eyes glaze as you travel life’s highway past all the crushed animals and the Big Gulp cups.”

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source: Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals (New York: Vintage, 2002), 3.

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