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 Nathan Diament - “It would indeed be difficult to pass legislation without Sen. Smith's support, though not impossible.”
 Jeff Ament - “We saw something starting to happen with the industry and we called them out on it,”
 Nathan Diament - “We commend Senators Michael Enzi and Edward Kennedy and their colleagues for their leadership in the Senate and ensuring that this much-needed relief (ensuring the equitable and religiously sensitive treatment of parochial schools) was contained in the appropriations package.”
 Jeff Ament - “We just finished making a record. Everybody wants to play shows, so we're going to after that.”
 Jeff Ament - “That's probably half the reason I wanted to be in a band - I wanted to see the world.”
 Jeff Ament - “People from Farm Aid have approached us about shows. We'd never done it. So part of my pitch to the band is that this IS farm aid.”
 Jeff Ament - “It's hard for us not to be involved with things. When you have so much information and you see so much need, there's too much going on for us not to get involved.”
 Jeff Ament - “It was hard to figure out what were the good causes, the bad causes, even the good politics and the bad politics. So we started taking requests and figuring it out.”
 Jeff Ament - “I'm not going to say no to playing a show in Missoula.”
 Jeff Ament - “I played djembe, percussion, keyboards and I sang.”
 Jeff Ament - “I didn't write this song. Someone was talking in a room. I just wrote down everything they said.”
 Jeff Ament - “Everybody got away from what Pearl Jam are supposed to be.”
 Anita Diament - “There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.”
 Anita Diament - “The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.”
 Anita Diament - “The real Mary Poppins got lost when Hollywood turned her into a cream puff.”
 Anita Diament - “The President of the Reform Movement started a literacy project and said everyone should be reading at least four Jewish books a year.”
 Anita Diament - “One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.”
 Anita Diament - “My six handbooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events mostly followed the trajectory of my adult Jewish life.”
 Anita Diament - “My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.”
 Anita Diament - “I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.”
 Anita Diament - “I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.”
 Anita Diament - “I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.”
 Anita Diament - “Biblical names are hot again.”
 Anita Diament - “As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.”
 Jeff Ament - “We've always been a band that stood up for what we thought was right.”

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