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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

She Refused to Give Up: Vivian Gornick on Grace Paley’s Activism

Vietnam, nuclear weapons, civil rights for blacks, women, and gays—you name it, there was Grace, marching, leafleting, wise-cracking, instructing the novitiates on how to act when they were loaded, inert, into the paddy wagon.

I once said to her, “Grace, if you had one word of advice to give on doing politics, what would it be?”

She laughed and said, “That’s simple, darling. You sit down and you stay down.”

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