“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry…Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work are involved.”more info
source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II (New York: Picador, 2007), 190.
notes: Originally published in Issue 82 of The Paris Review, 1981.via: Beverly Bader
“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.”more info
source: lyrics from “Step Right Up,” Small Change (Asylum Records, 1976).
“I imagined everything. I never thought it would happen.”more info
source: Life (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010), 32.
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notes: written with James Fox
“I do think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.”more info
source: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, September 30, 2010.
medium: television interviewvia: Elisa Zazzera
“On architecture: even if we lived in Venice or a Louis Kahn house, we would still often be in a bad mood.”more info
source: Twitter, 12:41 PM Jan 10, 2010 via mobile web
medium: social media
“On what planet do you spend most of your time?…Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”more info
source: town hall meeting, Dartmouth, NH, August 18, 2009
medium: political event
notes: A constituent in the audience asked Barney Frank: “Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?” Frank responds: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” He calls her approach “vile, contemptible nonsense.” Frank closes with: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”
“Who owns the words? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do—all of us—though not all of us know it yet. Reality cannot be copyrighted.”more info
source: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), 209.
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notes: This is a rephrasing of remarks written by the cyberpunk author William Gibson in “God's Little Toys: Confessions of a Cut and Paste Artist,” Wired, Issue 13.07, July 2005. Gibson's words: “‘Who owns the words?’ asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs’ work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us. Though not all of us know it - yet.”