Over time, the welfare state has become dysfunctional in a surprising way. But in a way it became a victim of its own success: It became so successful at prolonging life, that it becomes financially unsustainable, unless you make major changes to things like retirement ages.
I was dealing with craft, and that’s the surprising thing, the number of people who have literally broken down on our stage, because when you’re talking about the thing that is most important to someone, they’re liable to feel something strong.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
A lot of my students are Asian-American, and it has been thrilling to watch them break through the stereotypes into something alive and surprising.