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Daphne Merkin

  • My mother is the source of my unease in the world and thus the only person who can make me feel at home in the world.

  • I know her face by heart. Sometimes I think nothing will break her spell.

  • There's something stubborn about families, unhappy ones in particular: they outlive themselves, and then they live on.

  • Everyone lies about sex, more or less, to themselves if not to others, to others if not to themselves, exaggerating its importance or minimizing its pull.

    • Daphne Merkin,
    • in Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel, eds., Out of the Garden ()
  • No bill of sexual rights can hold its own against the lawless, untamable landscape of the erotic imagination.

    • Daphne Merkin,
    • in Utne ()
  • It was through reading that I discovered the crucial, even sacrosanct place the rituals of drinking held in the American imagination — the ingenious way alcohol seemed to lubricate everything from onerous chitchat to self-conscious sexual advances.

    • Daphne Merkin,
    • in Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg, eds., Drinking Diaries ()

Daphne Merkin, U.S. writer, literary critic

(1954)

Full name: Daphne Miriam Merkin.