Monthly Archives: December 2014

A double negative is not an affirmation.

It was out of not two, but an overflowing of “no’s” that my “yes” came.

Choice of company.

She avoided contact with her old friends not because she didn’t like them anymore, but because she didn’t like herself back then.

Comedians are serious, as they should be.

I am terrified of people who are not constantly cracking jokes; in this day and age, they are the ones who truly believe nothing.

Musical taste is like sexual taste.

I do not choose to like this musician or genre of music. Nor is my preference directly biological. The determinants of musical taste are biographical, historical, and sociological.

Intolerance of intolerance for tolerance, etc.

Every universal principle acquires its coherence by contradicting itself at the point of self-defense.

What cannot be owned cannot be stolen.

He tried stealing some ideas. Having failed, he tried to steal a few words.

Hiding out.

Anything that appears appears to be something other than it is.

Creative processes.

At the beginning of an artistic endeavor, you need to be slightly less than sober. At the end, you are likely more sober than ever.

For/against vs. with/not-with.

After the September 11th attacks, Hillary Clinton said that “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us.” Harlan Ellison said of the march from Selma to Montgomery that “If you weren’t marching with us, go screw yourself.”

The principle is “Love your enemies.”

The point cannot be “You don’t have enemies.”