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Linda Barnes

  • Plenty of guys are good at sex, but conversation, now there's an art.

  • Marcia was incredibly organized, obsessively neat ... I mean she folded her underwear like origami.

    • Linda Barnes,
    • "Lucky Penny," in Marilyn Wallace, ed., Sisters in Crime ()
  • She sings like she's got a secret, and if you listen long enough, she'll tell it to you — and only you.

  • Guilt is the major motivating force in my life.

  • Record company execs eat their young, I swear to God.

  • Singers come and go; the music business waxes and wanes. The blues are popular and unpopular, often at the same time.

  • I never get used to it, the unknowable mystery of a person so suddenly, totally closed, snapped shut like a half-read novel.

  • I have no-fail chemistry. A guy turns me on, he's the wrong one for me.

  • Probably the only thing my mom and dad agreed on was the vital importance of guilt.

  • If his word were a bridge, I'd be afraid to cross.

  • Yiddish is the voice of exile, the tongue of ghettos, but I'll shed a tear when it joins ancient Greek and dead Latin. For gossip and insult, you can't beat Yiddish.

Linda Barnes, U.S. writer

(1949)

Full name: Linda Appelblatt Barnes