“By madly ransacking my life for all the details that suited my mother’s theory of appropriateness and by carefully suppressing almost all the others, I was able to offer her an image of myself that produced in her a feeling of ‘closeness.’ It should be kept in mind that this ‘closeness’ was a ‘closeness’ to her theory rather than to her life but appeal to her didacticism was the only way to give her sufficient satisfaction to ensure the domestic peace necessary to free me for my own affairs. I planned a daily set of conversational openers consisting of carefully chosen stories.”

Eleanor Antin


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