"There is the pretense that history hasn’t been a sequence of bloody wars and that it’s an aberration of some sort in a writer or artist who perceives the obvious fact that there is indeed “violence” in the world — which is to say, in the human heart. Worse, there is the pretense that women are so delicate, so hyper-sensitive, so feminine, that we can’t confront adult subjects like war, politics, exploration, science, the law…"

I interviewed Joyce Carol Oates for Salon.