What I`ve learned: Arthur Miller
You have to learn how to duck, because they’re gonna throw it at you.
Sex is the most compressed set of circumstances that we’ve got. Everything is in that collision.
What I’m doing is helping reality out. To complete itself. I’m giving it a hand. But there’s some piece of reality that is a reported reality that it hangs on. It does hang on it.
When I was in Nevada, I lived about sixty miles out of Reno. There was a guy who had this house on stilts. In the desert. And that was a very curious thing, looking at this house raised up about ten feet above the ground. I wondered, Was he waiting for a flood? Well, it turned out he had a hole in the ground under that house, and there was a silver mine down at the bottom of this hole. He would periodically go down and dig himself out some silver. That was his bank. And I think that’s like a writer. He’s living on top of that hole. He goes down there and sees if he can chop out some silver.
There’s such a variety of cultures in this country, we can be misled only up to a certain point. As soon as we start marching in step, somebody loses a beat somewhere.
I’ve always done things physical. When I was about six, I made a go-cart. You couldn’t steer it and you’d be doing thirty miles an hour down the street, but I remember telling my brother, “Pretty good for my own making.” He always used to kid me about that sentence.
I knew playwrights, young guys my age, who were simply not prepared to face the fact that their plays weren’t any good. Mine weren’t. I thought, Either I do this right or I’m gonna get out of it. I’m not gonna spend the rest of my life being a fool.
Sex is always trouble. That’s part of why it’s so pleasurable — because for a moment the cloud lifts and then descends again.
I find myself interested in what I’m looking at.
I don’t believe in the afterlife. I don’t believe there is a God. The whole thing is accidental.
I’m a writer, so I write. That’s my job. But it’s more than a job. I just have a terrifically pleasant feeling if I create a form that completes itself and you can walk around it. It’s a whole object.
Some people should never get married. Not everyone has that combination of dependency. You’re leaning on somebody, and the desire to support somebody else, it just doesn’t exist in some people.
I could write about failure only because I could deal with it. Most of my work before Death of a Salesman, 98 percent of it was a failure. By the time Willy Loman came along, I knew how he felt.
Some failures are right. And some people fail because society isn’t ready for them. That’s what makes it so difficult.
You should read because it’s a pleasure. Or go to the theater because it’s a pleasure. That’s what it’s about, basically — even the pleasure of misery, if that happens to be the nature of the beast.
Whenever I hear somebody’s in touch with God, I look for the exit.
The only thing that I am reasonably sure of is that anybody who’s got an ideology has stopped thinking.
When plays were written in verse, by the very nature of the language it tended toward what I call prophecy. The energy of springing out of the dead level of contemporary reality. And we don’t write that way much anymore, so something else has to enter — this spirit of coming disaster or coming happiness or something coming.
I believe in work. If somebody doesn’t create something, however small it may be, he gets sick. An awful lot of people feel that they’re treading water — that if they vanished in smoke, it wouldn’t mean anything at all in this world. And that’s a despairing and destructive feeling. It’ll kill you.
The more sex the better. It may be a good thing to get it out in the open. You turn on the television now and they’re screwing on the television. That’s part of life. Why hide it in a basement someplace and get a lot of gangsters to distribute it?
Politicians are us, which is very dangerous. If they weren’t us, it would be a lot better.
We have never, in my opinion, met up with this kind of an administration, which is extremely intelligent and has terrific control over the political life of the country. They are representing the rich people in a way that I didn’t think was so blatantly possible. It’s almost sociopathic. As though, Okay, if you can make it, you’re one of us; if you can’t make it, too bad, Jack. Some of the monkeys fall off the tree.
To write any kind of imaginary work, you gotta fall on your sword. You gotta be ready to be blasted out of existence. Lots of times, the blood is on the floor.
Lectura de sâmbătă
„Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” e un portret al unui artist care aparent nu mai are nevoie de nicio descriere. E o lecţie de jurnalism de care mulţi au nevoie. O mică parte din viaţa unui om care încă trăieşte prin muzica lui.
Noi am ales să o recitim astăzi. E lectura perfectă pentru weekend.