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Lou Reed on Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Laurie Anderson, Setting Edgar Allan Poe to Music, and Why Record Labels Deserve to Die
Lou Reed on Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Laurie Anderson, Setting Edgar Allan Poe to Music, and Why Record Labels Deserve to Die

“Making things that are beautiful is real fun.”

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What Makes a Great Interview
What Makes a Great Interview

“True storytellers write not because they can but because they have to. There is something they want to say about the world that can only be said in a story.”

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Milton Glaser on Art, Technology, and the Secret of Life
Milton Glaser on Art, Technology, and the Secret of Life

“You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life.”

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Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers
Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

“You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”

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Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Crazy Daily Routine
Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Crazy Daily Routine

“Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money.”

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Susan Sontag on How the False Divide Between Pop Culture and “High” Culture Limits Us
Susan Sontag on How the False Divide Between Pop Culture and “High” Culture Limits Us

“There are contradictory impulses in everything.”

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Janis Joplin on Creativity and Rejection: Her Lost Final Interview, Rediscovered and Animated
Janis Joplin on Creativity and Rejection: Her Lost Final Interview, Rediscovered and Animated

“You are what you settle for.”

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David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption
David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption

“You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.”

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Stephen Jay Gould, the Greatest Science Essayist of All Time, on Evolution and Storytelling
Stephen Jay Gould, the Greatest Science Essayist of All Time, on Evolution and Storytelling

“Any decent writer writes because there’s some deep internal need to keep learning.”

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Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews
Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews

“A writer’s work is the product of laziness.”

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