"I think we are really entering or have entered a post-literate age. Like ancient Egypt, where only the high priests still know how to read."
Tupac Shakur's legacy of poetry, rap, passion, politics, and scatology continues with the recent release of Until the End of Time, a collection of raps originally recorded during his "Makaveli" period.
"If I couldn't do my work, it would be as if someone took the air out of me. It was a necessity to survive. So it would have been that or die. I didn't have a choice. So I just worked my ass off."
"The difference between a con man and a writer is that a writer thinks up these elaborate stories and puts them on the page but a con man has the guts to see if they really work."
I was sinning in the shower this morning, thinking about the six Tony nominations this past season for Arthur Miller's revival of The Crucible on Broadway. What is there about America that craves witch-hunts? Damned if I know. And I was wishing I was in Las Vegas, "the city that has re-discovered Sin," according to
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"My books superficially are okay and any problems that exist are so large that most editors don't either have the time or language or critical intelligence to tell me what they are."
"The great joy of acting is the collaboration. I get so much of that, I feel really drawn to the isolation and solitude of writing. It's a real joy for me."
"My take is more that everybody has very interesting experiences just from being human and having survived childhood. There is a story in every apparently mundane life."
"I think the Pulitzer often goes to writers who are writing about America in some larger way than in writing about particular Americans. And Empire Falls was some sort of snapshot of some part of America."