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When I produce a record, I roll up my sleeves; I'm not one of those passive guys. I really get in there and make sure every note is measured. I tell the bass player, 'You have to play it like this,' or I tell the drummer, 'It's got to be like this.'


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AN ACADEMIC DEFINITION of Lynchian might be that the term "refers to a particular kind of irony wher...
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Can you "choose" something when you are forcefully and enthusiastically immersed in it at an ...
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I have now seen sucrose beaches and water a very bright blue. I have seen an all-red leisure suit wi...
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I am now 33 years old, and it feels like much time has passed and is passing faster and faster every...
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I am not what you see and hear.
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The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush.
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To be willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow. Even now I'm scared about how...
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Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from ev...
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If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for th...
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What if, when Tracy Austin writes that after her 1989 car crash, 'I quickly accepted that there was ...
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It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millennial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal e...
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I am also concerned not to come off as shrill or preachy when what I really am is more like confused...
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It is named the "Web" for good reason.
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There are no choices without personal freedom, Buckeroo. It's not us who are dead inside. These thin...
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If, by the virtue of charity or the circumstance of desperation, you ever chance to spend a little t...
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--and then you're in serious trouble, very serious trouble, and you know it, finally, deadly serious...
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[...] almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has...
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Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.
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Maybe it's the fact the most of the arts here are produced by world-weary and sophisticated older pe...
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The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, ...
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One of the things that makes Wittgenstein a real artist to me is that he realized that no conclusion...
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My chest bumps like a dryer with shoes in it.
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Because we’ve been lied to and lied to, and it hurts to be lied to. It’s ultimately just about t...
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Why do prostitutes when they get straight always try and get so prim? It's like long-repressed libra...
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...you are excused from doing the work of constructing the fantasy. The ads do it for you. The ads, ...
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Nel tennis il vero avversario, la frontiera che include, è il giocatore stesso. C'è sempre e solo ...
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Trying to be anti-cool is just one exponent off trying to be cool -- it's the same beast.
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You want to know the story? I'd be happy to tell you. I think I have just enough caloric energy stor...
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And I was -- this is just how I was afraid you'd take it. I knew it, that you'd think this means you...
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This is the kind of paradox, I think, of what it is to be a halfway intelligent American right now, ...
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I am about art here, not simple reproduction.
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I'm not saying that television is vulgar and dumb because the people who compose the Audience are vu...
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It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms nearly always shoo...
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She smelled of talcum powder and Big Red.
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The almost-35-year-old Terry Schmidt had very nearly nothing left anymore of the delusion that he di...
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-when he thinks of the starry-eyed puerility and narcissism of these fantasies now, a rough decade l...
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When he smoked marijuana he tended to masterbate a great deal.
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We're kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we're uneasy about the fac...
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The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still 'are' human beings, now. Or can be.
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This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.
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You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness ...
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But most days, if you're aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently ...
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Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of t...
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The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, ...
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The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.
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The great myth is that the bad ones don't last long.
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It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.
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Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?"

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Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being aro...
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This might be one way to start talking about differences between the early postmodern writers of the...
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The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony ...
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What TV is extremely good at - and realize that this is 'all it does' - is discerning what l...
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it turned out that there was something terribly stressful about visual telephone interfaces that had...
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He said he didn’t think Lenore should go to the G.O.D.
"Nobody ever finds anybody in a place ...
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What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really h...
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You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom t...
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It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millenial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal em...
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Mary had a little lamb, its fleece electrostatic / And everywhere Mary went, the lights became errat...
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