From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
You pay your money, you take your choice. I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels.
I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton.
When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.
I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus.
I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
While I don't script and I don't use other performers, I think my taste for underlying precision gives me something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
An art machine is a system
whose parts when put in motion
act upon each other in such a way
as to cause you to see things differently
My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldnt understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer.
My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path.
I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore.
I was very committed to the process of composing, working at poems, putting things together and taking them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it.
It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.
Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know.
I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
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