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Rebecca McClanahan

  • Memory is an act of meaning-making. It collects the disparate pieces of our lives and distills them.

  • Of the five senses, smell is the one with the best memory.

  • Effective metaphor does more than shed light on the two things being compared. It actually brings to the mind's eye something that has never before been seen. It's not just the marriage ceremony linking two things; it's the child born from the union.

  • I fall into books the way I fall into lust — wholly, hungrily.

    • Rebecca McClanahan,
    • "Book Marks," in Kathleen Norris, ed., The Best American Essays ()
  • Carolyn believed that books could change our lives, could save us from ourselves.

    • Rebecca McClanahan,
    • "Book Marks," in Kathleen Norris, ed., The Best American Essays ()

Rebecca McClanahan, U.S. writer, poet