Saturday's edition of The Guardian has an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of perennial bestseller, Eat Pray Love.
On her "mid-life crisis":
"I think it was a crisis because the pressure was on to have kids...My ex-husband was very eager to do it. There was no neutral position. Me saying I don't want to have kids was effectively me saying I don't want to be married, if that's what the conditions of the marriage were. I'd also lived a very accelerated decade in my 20s. My career started young and I was really ambitious, and then I had success and I hung out with people who were much older. I think I might have been temporally misplaced, so I thought I was 40. It was a premature midlife crisis."
On her ex-husband and their divorce:
"He and I, we don't speak any more. It was really severed and we absolutely disagree on the narrative. There's zero intersection. After months of therapy together, we still absolutely disagreed on what happened and I think the fact that two people can't even agree on the story line is pretty indicative of why we're not living together."
On her family dynamics:
"I had an easier life than [my sister] did because I had an easier personality and it was easier for people to be sweet to me."
On her work ethic:
"I resented every moment I had to work; I'm a physically lazy person. My sister was tougher and stronger and more disciplined. It was easier to do my chores for me than to get me to do them."
On her newfound fame:
"Or they want me to read their book. Or come and speak at their kids' schools. Sell their line of jewellery. Introduce them to a guru. Tell them if they should get divorced. It's been educational for me because I've spent a lot of my life trying to make sure people get what they want when they encounter me. I've always been afraid of saying no to people because I don't want them to be disappointed and dislike me. It's been revelatory to learn that when you say no to people, they're really disappointed and they dislike you."
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