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Mary Karr

  • It turned out to be impossible for me to 'run away' in the sense other American teenagers did. Any movement at all was taken for progress in my family.

  • A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.

  • A pool game mixes ritual with geometry.

  • Any time you try to collapse the distance between your delusions about the past and what really happened, there's suffering involved.

  • One not-really-a-joke saying in my family is, 'The trouble started when you hit me back.'

  • ... everybody I know who wades deep enough into memory's waters drowns a little.

  • All drama depends on our need to connect with one another.

Mary Karr, U.S. writer, poet