Thursday, April 4, 2013
"I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude. If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material. How does the Joni Mitchell song go? “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? One thing I’ve discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!"
“Roger writes to readers” Chicago Sun Times (11 October 2006)
I think for once, we knew what we had, Rog.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
"Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me - choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing."
Tom Waits (via victoriouscorvid)
Monday, March 18, 2013
"[White readers often believe they are colorblind.] Until they read books featuring nonwhite characters. I once overheard a young white man at a book festival say to his friend, “Have you read the new Kureishi? Same old thing—loads of Indian people.” To which you want to reply, “Have you read the new Franzen? Same old thing—loads of white people."
Zadie Smith, Their Eyes Were Watching God: What Does Soulful Mean? (via sluteatingtree)
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
"The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation—a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."
Thursday, February 7, 2013
"I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness."
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In Hollywood, more often than not, they’re making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what’s so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can’t, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say ‘Did you understand that?’ but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that’s magical and that’s the power that film has.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The person Jamie was looking for within himself he liked. Even though he hadn’t gotten to know that person, I think he really and truly did like him and he was very curious, very keen to bring that person to the fore. He liked acting because within it he found all sorts of facades inside of himself, and he was fascinated by them. But actually as far as being interested in the real value of Jamie, I have never found anybody around him that was that interested. Maybe they thought they were, but they never actually opened themselves up to get him to come out. If you want to know someone you have to open yourself up in order to bring that person in, to allow that person to exercise what he or she wants. - Eartha Kitt on James Dean, photograph by Dennis Stock, 1955.
Friday, January 18, 2013
"It’s more about when you come back from being out somewhere; in a minicab or a night bus, or with someone, or walking home across London late at night, dreamlike, and you’ve still got the music kind of echoing in you, in your bloodstream, but with real life trying to get in the way. I want it to be like a little sanctuary. It’s like that 24-hour stand selling tea on a rainy night, glowing in the dark. It’s pretty simple."
Burial on his own music, on October 2007 (via imdahab)
Thursday, January 17, 2013
"Like all of my friends, she’s a lousy judge of character."
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day (via itsfromabook)