The default mode of modern writing about art is to despise any notion of singularity as so much overheated genius-fetishism.
I have this magpie instinct for the next glittering object. There are one or two things I know I can’t write about, though: DIY, cricket, automobile repair. I could study it for a lifetime and not produce a word on the carburettor.
Advice and consent does not mean rubber stamp in the Senate.
The way to be a man if you’re a little boy is to be willing to throw your weight around.
I’ve said what I’m prepared to say in my poems, and then journalists think that you’re going to tell them a whole lot more.
A huge change has taken place in my lifetime.
God manifests himself in each historical period according to the understanding of the people of the era.
I come from a family of Russian immigrant Jews who were all big storytellers, who would get together, and one would try to top the others’ stories, and stories would get bigger and bigger. And the lying aspect, the exaggeration, would get large.
Arresting development, attacking science, and glorifying poverty is not the answer to the vices that attend prosperity.
I like buying clothes, especially as I get a tax-deductible allowance.