"We [Bikini Kill] heard this interview with The Slits, where instead of answering boring questions in a standard way — questions like, ‘What’s it like to be a woman in music?’ — they had a tape-recorder and they were playing back witch laughter noises."
Passage from Zippermouth by Laurie Weeks, writing about her teenage obsession with the actress Vivien Leigh:
"Part of her allure was that she spelled "Vivien" with an e, not an a, the e more refined and seductive, the a somehow thudding and crude, witness the barbarian Vivian Vance.
Each day after school I’d lock my bedroom door, open the closet, and stand with my peanut butter sandwich, staring into Vivien’s green eyes as if my gaze, held long enough, could jump-start the pulse in her throat, compel the hand with that cigarette off the page and up to my lips to offer me a drag, her body following to step gracefully into my room, suspended tobacco smoke drawn back into the chamber of her mouth as she starts to breathe again for real.
Jesus, I couldn’t imagine: Mom vacuuming the same spot suspiciously outside my door while inside there’s this movie star thing looking into your eyes….”