I tour more than I need to, more than is good for you. But it’s my favorite part of music. I much prefer it to studio work.
I don’t mind being criticized. I enjoy being criticized personally, not by rumor.
The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that.
Japanese naval officers in dress whites are frequent guests at Pearl Harbor’s officers’ mess and are very polite. They always were. Except, of course, for that little interval there between 1941 and 1945.
I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.
Politics is not an exact science.
That’s the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree. And so I got an indigenous tree, called Nandi flame, it has this beautiful red flowers. When it is in flower it is like it is in flame.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
I was a better writer when I was teaching. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem.
I have a novel that I can write. It’s about three soldiers from Somalia. Some babies have been disappearing up on 144th Street, and I speculate later on what happened to them and how they might have been got back. These guys are dead, all three, and they have a chance in the afterlife to do something they should have done when they were alive.