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UbuWeb Film & Video: Henry Miller - "Dinner With Henry"
'Henry Miller, holding court at the dinner table at age 87. "Dinner with Henry" (30min)'

"Usually I fucked people up, I never did pay, don'cha know?"
henry_miller  film  archive  interview  dinner  1970s  1979  1980s  1980  author  writer  food  brenda_venus  documentary  richard_young  john_chesko  elderly  nobel_prize  inheritance  from twitter_favs
january 2015 by cluebucket
Human Nature: Justice versus Power - Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault
via "Michel Foucault on the police and democracy. "

FOUCAULT:
No, I don't have the least belief that one could consider our society democratic. [Laughs.]
If one understands by democracy the effective exercise of power by a population which is neither divided nor hierarchically ordered in classes, it is quite clear that we are very far from democracy. It is only too clear that we are living under a regime of a dictatorship of class, of a power of class which imposes itself by violence, even when the instruments of this violence are institutional and constitutional; and to that degree, there isn't any question of democracy for us.
antonio_martin  michel_foucault  sean_mcelwee  noam_chomsky  chomsky.info  debate  interview  1971  1970s  democracy  justice  power  human  life  philosophy  philosopher  from twitter_favs
december 2014 by cluebucket
Interviews: Robert Wyatt | Features | Pitchfork
"
'Culture is pudding. It’s lovely and I’ll always eat one,' he says in the biography, talking about his take on the worlds of art and politics. 'But on its own, it’s not a full life’s diet for the brain. And the politics, to me, is indeed the protein.'
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'There's the folky thing of: "Poor me, I'm a sensitive person in a cruel world." Or the pop thing of: "Hey, look at me, I'm sexy." I did that myself for a while... [b]ut then I thought, “I'd never sing ‘hey baby’ to my girlfriend, because she'd just laugh at me and think I was a complete idiot. I've got to start again and try to be honest with this.”'
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'It may be an English thing, in a way, laughing it off at a distance and using that as self-protection. I mean, I don't want to be a professional cripple. And I don't see the suicide stuff as tragic. Basically, at that age, I looked at what adults were doing and how they wanted to earn money, and I really didn't want to do that. I wanted to go away. I have my moods like that a lot. I'm not a fighter in that sense at all.

'I don't think losing things—in my case, the use of my legs—really damages or hurts you. What hurts people a lot is taking humiliation. A lot of the wars going on right now in the Middle East aren't about poverty and exploitation. They’re about humiliation. For a long time, certainly the British and French have been humiliating and dismissing the people of the Middle East, and encouraging people like Israel to do the same. Israel started out as a socialist state, but we always encouraged them to become rather racist and look down on the local inhabitants, which they now do. It's sad that's happened.'
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'I just don't think I write the kind of music that I can see crowds of people singing in football stadiums. Some of us are simply witnesses, and I hope there's a value in that.'
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'America reinvented how to be a group, a people, that hasn't got a race, but nevertheless has a national identity. Potentially, America is really the greatest, but it's not yet, I don't think. It's still too much like an old-fashioned empire, waving the stick and dropping too many bombs on too many people.'
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robert_wyatt  interview  pitchfork.com  ryan_dombal  2014  2010s  musician  communism  politics  artist  biography  art  1980s  england  u.k.  sadness  suicide  accident  war  humiliation  empire  1960s  1970s  counterculture  police  violence  culture  capitalism  america  russia  ukraine  nyc  vladimir_putin  china  napoleon_bonaparte  relationship  aging  alcohol 
november 2014 by cluebucket
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year - NYTimes.com
The students seemed really sharp, and Saunders is clearly committed to them. “With this caliber of student, you have to be really honest,” he told me. “It keeps you looking at your own process, so you don’t import any nonsense.” In an interview several years ago with Ben Marcus for The Believer, Saunders defended the time spent in an M.F.A. program by saying, “The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim.” But it’s a mistake, he added, to think of writing programs in terms that are “too narrowly careerist. . . . Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.”
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It’s hard to maintain, the softness. It’s an effort. That Dubai story ends with these lines, wisdom imparted from Saunders to himself: “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
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found a printout of this under several sweatshirts in the covers of my bed, felt lovely again
george_saunders  writer  writing  2013  2010s  short_story  nytimes  joel_lovell  tenth_of_december  job  life  interview  work  death  lorrie_moore  mary_karr  tobias_wolff  junot_díaz  humanity  author  syracuse  new_york  david_foster_wallace  sumatra  1970s  1980s  dream  suicide  soft  fiction 
january 2013 by cluebucket

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