Bethany Saltman’s capacity for deep thinking and profound analysis has been extraordinarily helpful to me as she has undertaken research on my behalf. She uses her fine mind with galvanizing energy; she is meticulous, broad-ranging, and original, and I count myself lucky to work with her.
-- Andrew Solomon, President, PEN Foundation, author of Far from the Tree, Noonday Demon, and many others
I have always believed that the policy we wrote was semiotically profound, emotionally powerful, and culturally transformative. And yet I have also looked back at that time at Antioch with some personal chagrin, even shame, embarrassed to have been riding my high horse so publicly.
Though at the time, it was annoying and even embarrassing, I can now appreciate my dad’s relentless pursuit of his own vision, asking the waitress at Big Boy to bring a bowl of lemons so he could fix up the hollandaise he ordered in copious amounts on the side of his Eggs Benedict.
Saltman: Your analogy between organized religion and rape is pretty inflammatory. Is that intentional?
Harris: I can be even more inflammatory than that. If I could wave a magic wand and get rid of either rape or religion, I would not hesitate to get rid of religion.
The poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “The things that never can come back, are several,” and aren’t we fortunate? Once that jelly-stained doll is out the..
Bethany Saltman’s research is not just competent, comprehensive, and extremely thorough, which would be enough. It is creative and inspired. Her remarkable enthusiasm about her work and her writers’ projects is infectious. She helped me do some of my best writing.
-- Wednesday Martin, author of Primates of Park Avenue and Stepmonster
I would wake up from these dreams a bit flustered, but also knowing—a deep, crazy knowing—that this was not about Daido; this was a dream of God loving me.
Bethany Saltman: You write, “Happiness is not a concept I tend to dwell on. Chinese parenting does not address happiness.” Don’t you think that the ..
It’s like I have, my whole life, been trying to touch someone, to feel something good and true, and everlasting, in them, in me, in something very cool we could make together.
So what is it about the way loveliness abounds these days that just feels so….icky? I mean, why shouldn’t pixied girls from San Francisco sell their homemade aprons on Etsy? What’s the matter with artisanal pickles? There’s nothing inherently bad about handsome young bucks wearing …
Bethany has been an extraordinary coach and editor who has helped me to refine my proposal over the space of a few short weeks – and I now have a contract with a top-ranked agent.
-- Alexia Howard, Senior Research Analyst, U.S. Food, AB Bernstein