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Cinema Aficionado. Liberal Moderate. Works with Tall People. Does not Kiss & Tell.
"Society and public opinion can beat the wings off of Angels. When God sees they can't take it anymore He brings them back home."
--- Kanye West
You cannot make friends with the rock stars. That's what's important. If you're a rock journalist - first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they'll buy you drinks, you'll meet girls, they'll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs... I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it. That's because we're uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don't have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we're smarter.
--- Lester Bangs, Almost Famous
I dreamed we were there. The plane leapt the tropopause, the safe air, and attained the ozone, which was ragged and torn, patches of it threadbare, and that was frightening. But I saw something only I could see, because of my astonishing ability to see such things: Souls rising from the earth far below, souls of the dead, of people who had perished from famine, from war, from plague, and they floated up, like skydivers in reverse, limbs all akimbo, wheeling and spinning. And the souls of these departed joined hands, clasped ankles, and formed a web, a great net of souls, and the souls were three-atom oxygen molecules, of the stuff of ozone, and the outer rim absorbed them, and was repaired. Nothing's lost forever. In this world, there's a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind, and dreaming ahead.
--- Harper Pitt, Angels in America
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
--- George Bernard Shaw
Dear Leonard, To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face, and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to love it, for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard, always the years between us, always the years, always the love, always... the hours...
--- Virginia Woolf, The Hours
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