Cynthia Ozick (b. April 17, 1928, New York City, New York to William Ozick and Celia Regelson) is an American writer whose works are about Jewish American life. Ozick earned a B.A. from New York University in 1949 and a M.A. from Ohio State University in 1950. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (1968), an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature (1973), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1982)..
"Wondrous hole! Magical hole! Dazzlingly influential hole! Noble and effulgent hole! From this hole everything follows logically: first the baby, then the placenta, then, for years and years and years until death, a way of life. It is all logic, and she who lives by the hole will live also by its logic. It is, appropriately, logic with a hole in it."
"One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, to set out illuminations, to replay the old bad scenes and get the Treppenworte said -- the words one didn't have the strength or ripeness to say when those words were necessary for one's dignity or survival."
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