Lessing: "Whatever You're Meant To Do, Do It Now. The Conditions Are Always Impossible."

Lessing: "Whatever You're Meant To Do, Do It Now. The Conditions Are Always Impossible."

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Abby Zimet

Doris Lessing, the fierce, outspoken, anti-colonialist, tide-turning writer, has died at 94. More on her books, her cranky wisdom, her evolving views on feminism, her persistent skepticism of the Western "we, stuffed full of food, our cupboards full of clothes, stifling in our superfluities," and, in a scrappy, lovely Nobel acceptance speech, her abiding belief in books and their "legacy of languages."

"Ask any modern storyteller and they will say there is always a moment when they are touched with fire, with what we like to call inspiration, and this goes back and back to the beginning of our race, to the great winds that shaped us and our world...The storyteller is deep inside every one of us. The story-maker is always with us."

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