Melissa Febos Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Melissa Febos Sayings: The frustration of being marginalized often gets misdirected at the most visible members of one's The frustration of being marginalized often gets misdirected at the most visible members of one's own community, because they are more accessible than the real agents of marginalization.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: I never think about anything in my brain. I think in very small repetitive circles I never think about anything in my brain. I think in very small repetitive circles inside my own brain. That's why I'm a writer. It's the only way I get any sort of conclusion or understanding about anything.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: I used to think that happiness, like God, was an idea weaker people were sold I used to think that happiness, like God, was an idea weaker people were sold on, to manage the grief of a world with so much suffering. It is just easier, I thought, to decide that you are doing something wrong and you just need to buy the right thing, read the right book, find the right guru, or pray more to be happy than to accept that life is a great long heartbreak. Happiness is not what I imagined that mirage to be: an unending ecstasy or state of perpetual excitement. Not a high or a mirage, it is just being okay. My happiness is the absence of fear that there won't be enough
enough money, enough power, enough security, enough of a cushion of these things to protect me from the everyday heartbreaks of being human. Heartbreak doesn't kill you. It changes you.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: Sometimes pain is the call of a wound that needs tending, and sometimes it is Sometimes pain is the call of a wound that needs tending, and sometimes it is the sting of its healing.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: New York at night, from its bridges, is a miracle. When I first came to New York at night, from its bridges, is a miracle. When I first came to the city, it took all my fantasies and set them on fire, turned them into flickering constellations of light.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: I couldn't have articulated this process at the time; I just sort of did it I couldn't have articulated this process at the time; I just sort of did it instinctually. But now when I talk about this with my students all the time, it's one of the first things I address in memoir classes - that you have to put it all in because you're writing your way into the ending of your own story. Even if you think you know what the story is, you don't until you write it. If you start leaving things out you could leave out vital organs and not know it.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: Me writing the book and the subsequent interactions that we had were actually the cap Me writing the book and the subsequent interactions that we had were actually the cap on that experience. We were still in this weird purgatory about it when I published the book. When I gave them the galleys and what ensued after that, then I understood a lot more about our relationships and what the experience meant to them. I'd never wanted to know what they thought about it at all.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: Such is the disconcerting miracle of good acting; at its best it implicitly challenges our Such is the disconcerting miracle of good acting; at its best it implicitly challenges our faith in who we are, who anyone is.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: [Women] are conditioned to ever prove ourselves, as if our value is contingent on our [Women] are conditioned to ever prove ourselves, as if our value is contingent on our ability to meet the expectations of others. As if our worth is a tank forever draining that we must fill and fill. We complete tasks and in some half-buried way believe that if we don't, we will be discredited. Sometimes, this is true. But here is a question: Do you want to be a reliable source of literary art (or whatever writing you do), or of prompt emails?
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Melissa Febos Sayings: We find ways to comfort one another and to comfort ourselves. And comfort eases, but We find ways to comfort one another and to comfort ourselves. And comfort eases, but it does not erase. Until then, we keep reading.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: The story of the memoir is a story of me creating certain narratives so that The story of the memoir is a story of me creating certain narratives so that I could live with my own experience and with the uneasy relationship between what I was doing and what I believed in - or what I saw as an uneasy relationship between those two things.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: The other reason I didn't want to fictionalize it is because one of the main The other reason I didn't want to fictionalize it is because one of the main points of publishing a memoir in nonfiction was that I wanted to write about what had been a very lonely experience. The books that most saved my life as a kid were the ones that articulated lonely experiences that I had thought were mine alone.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: There is a moment in your 20s when you know what it means to love There is a moment in your 20s when you know what it means to love rightly, but not how to do it, and then you begin to learn.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: Our favorite stories can be like lovers. Make sense to me, we ask them. Make Our favorite stories can be like lovers. Make sense to me, we ask them. Make sense of me. Here, fix these hurting parts. And stories do, sometimes better than our lovers.
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Melissa Febos Sayings: I think the addiction stuff, because I was already sort of outed in my family I think the addiction stuff, because I was already sort of outed in my family as a sexual person: as a sexually-adventurous and sexually-conflicted person and sexually-driven person. They already knew that about me. They knew that about me when I was eleven. My parents very consciously tried to provide an environment that would protect me from becoming a drug addict.
Melissa Febos Sayings: Being a dominatrix, sticking my foot up people's asses for money, necessitated that I divorce Being a dominatrix, sticking my foot up people's asses for money, necessitated that I divorce myself from any sort of objective perspective on what I was doing. In order to think about things as a writer you have to objectify your experience. I couldn't have been enacting that experience if I was objectifying it.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I didn't know enough as a writer to understand why I needed to do this, I didn't know enough as a writer to understand why I needed to do this, but I understood in a very gut way that I could not entertain those thoughts of pleasing people and write this book - that it would be a very different book. Without really sort of investigating that instinct, which I'm glad for, I just made a conscious decision to put blinders on and not think about anything and put it all in. And I did. I put everything in. I had to look at the whole picture to see what I needed.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I'm always writing to a younger version of myself, or a young woman who is I'm always writing to a younger version of myself, or a young woman who is like I was. I want that girl to know that I really existed and that it all went down that way.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I saved letters from my boss. There are things in there that are directly transcribed. I saved letters from my boss. There are things in there that are directly transcribed. I was so glad I did that. Sometimes when I was writing the book I wondered if some little writer hobbit part of my brain was back there puppeteering that action. But it really never, on any conscious level, occurred to me that I would write about it. I will say, I thought probably some day there would be an ancillary character in some novel - not in the one I was currently writing - that would be a dominatrix or something.
Melissa Febos Sayings: Back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan. New York at night, from its bridges, is Back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan. New York at night, from its bridges, is a miracle. When I first came to the city, it took all my fantasies and set them on fire, turned them into flickering constellations of light. Then it did the same with my history. As a dark speck of energy hurtling over the water toward that galaxy, I felt myself disappear. Relative to the image of infinity I was nothing, a clump of quantum matter skidding through the ether. It was as good as any drug.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I think that more so, my wonderful skill of dissociation came in very handy. I I think that more so, my wonderful skill of dissociation came in very handy. I care very much what other people think. I'm a total pleaser. I want everyone to like me all the time. I feel like people who don't feel that way on some level are lying, but particularly female memoirists. We want to be seen and we want to be forgiven. So that occurred to me very early on.
Melissa Febos Sayings: How often we set this trap for ourselves. I had learned to act as if How often we set this trap for ourselves. I had learned to act as if I were the person I wished to be: an ascetically self-sufficient woman, a woman without needs, a woman immune to disappointment. And I found or urged myself to be attracted to people whom only such a woman should love.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I more seriously considered publishing it under a pseudonym than I considered publishing it as I more seriously considered publishing it under a pseudonym than I considered publishing it as fiction. I think the decision to write it as nonfiction happened at the very outset of the process, because the overwhelming impetus for writing this book was to understand what the experience meant, and to override my own reductions and rationalizations, whatever story I had that was not true. It didn't sit well with me and I needed to answer that. That's sort of the reason I write everything.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I tell my students all the time is, for better or worse, no publisher is I tell my students all the time is, for better or worse, no publisher is going to come wrench your story out of your hands before you're ready to let it go. You will have time to take stuff out. You don't have to show it to anybody. That's what I did.
Melissa Febos Sayings: Even though novels were the love of my life, I started off writing poetry. I Even though novels were the love of my life, I started off writing poetry. I think because I had a knack for image and lyricism, even though I didn't really have anything to write about, or I didn't know what to write about. I could just couple words together that pleased me and so poetry seemed sort of natural.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I want the people I love to do not as I would or have done, I want the people I love to do not as I would or have done, but whatever will keep them safe.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I made a conscious decision when I was writing that book to depict in real I made a conscious decision when I was writing that book to depict in real time how I treated it, and how I thought about it, and how I portrayed it to other people, because I wanted the story to be one of change from that to a more honest appraisal, a more accepting appraisal of myself and other people in that world.
Melissa Febos Sayings: It has been my experience that the people I judge most harshly are the ones It has been my experience that the people I judge most harshly are the ones in whom I recognize some part of myself.
Melissa Febos Sayings: When I was in college I started writing prose, because a very smart professor asked When I was in college I started writing prose, because a very smart professor asked me what I like to read and I said, "Novels," and she said, "You should be writing them then." Memoir never even occurred to me. I think I was afraid of nonfiction and I was afraid of navel-gazing, and of being seen.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I was in the fantasy. I was selling myself on the fantasy as I was I was in the fantasy. I was selling myself on the fantasy as I was doing it. It never occurred to me. I did take notes, but just because I am a writer. I've been a writer since I was five. You don't have any sort of outlandish, shocking, extraordinary, horrifying experience without writing it down, because I know and knew that you forget things. No matter how outrageous and amazing and extraordinary and seemingly unforgettable an experience is, it's kind of like a dream. It will erode inevitably, for me.
Melissa Febos Sayings: You don't know how people are going to respond. But I would add to that, You don't know how people are going to respond. But I would add to that, that getting your heart broken is not the worst thing and it's actually quite unavoidable. I think in some ways I had to break my father's heart and then face that in order to have a real relationship with him.
Melissa Febos Sayings: My father was raised by a violent alcoholic. There was alcoholism in my mother's family. My father was raised by a violent alcoholic. There was alcoholism in my mother's family. I'm half-adopted, and my birth father was a drug addict and alcoholic. So, I think they very consciously made decisions and parented me in a way that was aimed to help save me from that. So, I knew it would be particularly painful and it was, especially for my father.
Melissa Febos Sayings: That is the gift of taking the long road: you know you're not missing anything. That is the gift of taking the long road: you know you're not missing anything.
Melissa Febos Sayings: I have always enjoyed watching women dress. The appeal isn't sexual. Most girls' first glimpse I have always enjoyed watching women dress. The appeal isn't sexual. Most girls' first glimpse of private female life is watching their mothers dress and put makeup on. It makes sense that we'd find it comforting. Childhood fascinations often crystallize this way. Isn't beauty forever defined, in a sense, by the first things we found beautiful? Surely part of my pleasure results from the inundation of images that we all experience. But I also love ritual, and it is a mesmerizing one. I enjoy the ritual of dressing myself, too. It is a form of basking in a kind of femininity that I am opposed to as an ideal, but for better or worse, I think we all fetishize the female body, and intellectualization doesn't spare anyone the obsession.