It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.
When we landed on the moon that was the point when god should have come up and said hello. Because if you invent some creatures and you put them on the blue one and they make it to the grey one, you turn up and say well done.
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important
Someday when were united as a planet protecting it from space aliens were gonna be like “can you believe we fought over who gets to call themselves ‘married’?! Haha hey can you hand me my ray gun.”
From the Paris Review
Interviewed by George Plimpton
Could you say how much thought-out effort went into the evolvement of your distinctive style?
That is a long-term tiring question and if you spent a couple of days answering it you would be so self-conscious that you could not write. I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made. Almost no new classics resemble other previous classics. At first people can see only the awkwardness. Then they are not so perceptible. When they show so very awkwardly people think these awkwardnesses are the style and many copy them. This is regrettable.