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Barbara Raskin

  • I am a person; she is a personality. I perform; she's a performer. I have character; she is one. I help; she hypes.

  • We wanted everything, got it all, and then discovered it wasn't enough.

  • More and more frequently nowadays, my hot flashes have begun to feel like urgent communiqués from the interior of a vast, dark continent — fast-breaking news items from my heart of darkness.

  • ... no matter where we went we always acted like travelers, never tourists.

  • ... she recently began contemplating celibacy ('Everybody's not doing it,' she told me last winter) ...

  • Sukie's hair was a hostile, destabilizing force in her life because it eliminated any element of self-determination in her self-presentation.

  • I think the reason our traditional values are breaking down is because all our consumer goods conk out on us. I think broken appliances are like broken promises between America's corporations and American consumers. Automobiles and appliances are symbols of the American dream so when those things fall apart people lose confidence in the system.

Barbara Raskin, U.S. writer

(1936 - 1999)

Full name: Barbara Bellman Raskin.