I often wish… that I could rid the world of the tyranny of facts. What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.
Art is anything people do with distinction.
The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.
If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist’s couch.
I do not bow. I do not obey. I do not ‘worship.’
When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves.
The reason so many intelligent and creative people suffer from depression is that when you take the risk of being fully conscious, you open Pandora’s box, and you can’t close it again.
The travel book is a convenient metaphor for life, with its optimistic beginning or departure, its determined striving, and its reflective conclusion. Journeys change travellers just as a good travel book can change readers.
Maybe I could have been good as a drawer if I had done it as much as I did writing, but it’s more scary to draw. It’s more revealing. You can’t disguise yourself in drawing.
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.