Ask creative people where they get their ideas, and they will roll their eyes. It's the most common question, but it's also a bad one because the answer is inevitably disappointing. From the inside, creativity seems like an arduous task, often involving plebeian, imperfect choices, driven less by inspiration than by deadline.— Gene Weingarten
The most bumbling Gene Weingarten quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
One of my favorite footnotes in the hypochondria book [The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life. And Death.] was about the death of one of the King Charleses. He was essentially bled and vomited to death by his doctors. They also drilled holes in his head.
The horrifying thing is that nearly half of America seems in synch with xenophobia and race-baiting.
Editorials are editorials. They a supposed to have an opinion, even a very strong one.
The one thing an aspiring writer must understand is that it's hard.
If you think it's not hard, you're not doing it right.
I was possessing heroin in fairly large quantities in New York City during the years of the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. Had I been busted, I would have faced mandatory life in prison. I don't think many white kids walked, either. I knew one who got 15 years for pot.
I once found myself driving, smoking a cigar, taking notes, and talking on the phone at the same time. I only became completely aware of this when I had to shift, and realized something had to give.
I have been called the antichrist, though, by Nazis.
Rhyme is cool again. It's because of hip-hop. Bless you, hip-hop.
Reporters are not merely recording devices that take down what people say and repeat it in print; we are expected to use our knowledge and experience both for triage - deciding what's important to cover and what isn't - and for contextualizing, analyzing and such.
Being both stupid and ignorant is an accomplishment.
Shakespeare was such a splendid vulgarian.
I think there are a good many Donald Trump voters who are sick of government as it is practiced in America and genuinely want to blow up the system and see what happens. They are stupid - or at least unwise - but not necessarily racist.
Being "Jewish" is way stronger culturally than it is religiously.
Donald Trump is a boor, and cannot stop being a boor.
Johnny Hart became much less funny after he found sobriety, and religion, around the same time.
It doesn't entirely make sense that if 51 senators are from one party, and they can stick together, they can do whatever they want. Especially in this age of blatant, shameless gerrymandering.
I believe that the fragile-flower, idea-intolerant society of victimhood that is being cultivated in many colleges today is really bad.
Trump cannot change because in his mind, he has ALWAYS been rewarded for his boorish, stupid, arrogant behavior.
You should support Israel not because it is Jewish but because it is a sane, secular democracy. You want Lebanon to be at peace. You don't care much about Kuwait.
I really value unforgettable moments.
Things you can tell people about. We have too few of them in our lives, and it is all too seldom that we can create one such moment for a stranger.
I'll smoke anything. I won't spend a lot of money on cigars, because I consider that too self indulgent. $3, max, except for special occasions. And yes, I do know the difference.
You know, I am not a particular Kennedy apologist or an awed fan - I was 12 when he was murdered - but I have discussed Kennedy with historians. For his incredibly short tenure, he was a very important president. Many put him in the second tier, below the big three and surrounded by Truman and Eisenhower. Kennedy moved our soul. Changed our thinking about service and governance. And won big in the greatest nuclear crisis of the Cold War.
First, in a love song, or any song for that matter, using a plastic word like "inhibitions" is just completely without feel or texture. It demonstrates a tin ear for communication.
I don't think I could ever love someone with whom I fundamentally disagreed, politically.
I think we too often go soft in trying to spare people the agony of confronting reality.
The Jewish women like Bethany Mandel fare the worst, because they are getting both antisemitic stuff and anti-woman stuff.
Donald Trump is showing the intellectual rigor, and emotional maturity, of a second grader. That's hardly being age-ist. This is a man who, when accused by Hillary Clinton of being a Putin puppet, actually responded: "No puppet! No puppet! YOU'RE the puppet."
I disagree with those who suggest that we permanently close down the U.
S. mail on the grounds that it can kill you. That is sheer hysteria. I think we should permanently close down the U.S. mail on the grounds that it has been making us sick for quite a while.
One thing I am learning from the kitten is that everything he is doing seems to be in preparation for murder.
Ever since roughly 1890, when snot poets first decided that rhyme was confining and unnecessary, every idiot with a pen fancied hisself a poet. The mere act of rhyming was suddenly regarded as a quaint, mannered, and uncool atavism, consigning doggerelists like me to the trash bin of literary history.
I like to eat alone in restaurants, with a book, particularly if I am out of town, alone, on business. It's relaxing. I feel not even a twinge of embarrassment. Is this gender-related? Is there a lingering feeling among women that if they are alone in public, they will be judged to be spinsters or spinsters-to-be?
I do not believe in public shaming. I do believe that young adults go to college to learn things, and that this process will almost inevitably result in their making mistakes and misjudgments and otherwise acting badly.
Is it really the right of the media to dictate to the president whom he will allow in his press conferences? That's tetchier. And then there is the added issue of whether it would be a service to their readers, and the country at large, for, say, the Washington Post to take itself out of the room -- meaning they don't have the ability to ask important questions the president is obliged to answer? I think that would be a mistake.
It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots.
I believe men's faces come in two kinds: Faces that need a blade, and faces that need an electric. I never was happy with an electric. I became pizzaneck.
Hillary Clinton was a cute, smart chick in the 1960s.
I think we are all exhausted by, and sick of, Donald Trump.
International politics is not my strong suit.
The older I get the less certain I am that I even HAVE a strong suit.
Making stuff up is the worst thing a journalist can do. Plagiarizing is the second worst.
Most men I know adore women, and I am including gay men.
I think studies on jury selection show that the biggest critics of women - people less likely to trust their character or judgment - are women.
An editorial writer might consult a reporter to see what she thinks, if it is what she covers. But they are entirely independent.
The advent of DNA testing, and the number of convictions thrown out, has confirmed that we've put LOTS of innocent people to death. There need not be any other argument against death penalty.
I always thought there was some cleverness to the joke diet in which you could eat as much as you want and as often as you want, but everything must be consumed naked in front of a full-length mirror. That would deter me!
I am not saying Rubin Carter was guilty. I am saying he was very likely guilty.
Donald Trump is an awful loser.
It is a cliche, and it is also true, that humor springs from existential pain - from a need to blunt the awareness that life is essentially a fatal disease of unpredictable symptoms and unknown duration.
Donald Trump is way worse than George W.
Bush. George W. Bush is a fundamentally decent man of limited intelligence who surrounded himself with awful people who dragged him in terrible directions. He was a bad president. But he was not actively malign, in the sense that he did what he thought was right. I don't think this guy cares what's right. I think he's in it for self-aggrandizement, for profit, and for power.