"Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life."
from "A Conversation with My Father," Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
"I was popular in certain circles, says Aunt Rose. I wasn't no thinner then, only more stationary in the flesh. In time to come, Lillie, don't be surprised—change is a fact of God. From this no one is excused. Only a person like your mama stands on one foot, she don't notice how big her behind is getting and sings in the canary's ear for thirty years. Who's listening? Papa's in the shop. You and Seymour, thinking about yourself. So she waits in a spotless kitchen for a kind word and thinks—poor Rosie..."
from "Goodbye and Good Luck," The Little Disturbances of Man
Goodbye, Grace Paley.
Obituaries, reminiscences: Maud Newton, The Millions, Thulani Davis (Women's Voices for Change), Associated Press (Hillel Italie), New York Times, Amitava Kumar, Wondermachine, NPR's "All Things Considered," Francine Prose and others (PEN American Center), David Gates (Newsweek), Katha Pollitt ( And Another Thing blog @ The Nation), Book Book Book
Plus, Paley's "My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age," at The New Yorker.