28 12 / 2011
"Other places may give you a sweet and soothing sense of level; but in New York there is always the feeling of ‘Something’s going to happen.’ It isn’t peace. But, you know, you do get used to peace, and so quickly. And you never get used to New York."
17 12 / 2011
"Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."
22 11 / 2011
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent."
16 11 / 2011
"On Oct. 11, just five days after [Portland] protesters set up camp, police chiefs who had been dealing with the encampments for weeks warned that the homeless will be attracted to the food, shelter and medical care the camps offered."
Can’t have homeless people getting food, shelter and medical care!
16 11 / 2011
"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."
15 11 / 2011
"I’m not a diplomat myself. Which is why I can say, very undiplomatically, that Rick Perry is a moron."
The spouse of a U.S. diplomat, responding to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s assertion that he’s not sure U.S. diplomats and the State Department are “making decisions or giving advice to the administration that’s in this country’s best interest.”
The American Foreign Service Association also issued a response that said Perry’s comments about diplomats “reflect a serious misunderstanding of their role in promoting American interests overseas.”
Thank you, undiplomatic wife of a diplomat, for confirming what Perry was saying in the minds of all the people who were paying attention to it.
By the way, I can say from many conversations with many sources familiar with the matter, that at least the foreign service of France, and probably of every country because it’s the nature of these kinds of things, acts as a “deep state” with its own agendas independent from those of elected politicians. But why should I say so when the best authority on public choice theory, Yes Prime Minister, does it better than I can.