Ann Powers: “The process of canonization is always controversial. Many musicians despise lists and other anthologizing efforts that threaten to freeze their work within hierarchies. This is doubly true for many women, who fear that being honored as the best within their gender simply marginalizes them further. […] Being ‘lumped in with the women’ can feel like winning a plastic trinket that, in the real scheme of pop history, feels like second place.”

“Publishing is a business, not an art. If the agent or editor thinks he can sell your idea or manuscript, he’ll buy it.”

Peter E. Gordon: “If we pause to consider what it has meant in the past for political regimes to mobilize the distinction between the normal and the pathological, we confront the unsettling fact that this distinction has nearly always been used against the weak and the infirm.”

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