1. 10

    We're comic. We're all comics. We live in a comic time. And the worse it gets the more comic we are.

  2. 9

    There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.

  3. 8

    Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.

  4. 7

    ...mementos of this world, in which the things worth being were so easily exchanged for the things worth having.

  5. 6

    Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it's right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of...recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it.

  6. 5

    How some of the writers I come across get through their books without dying of boredom is beyond me.

  7. 4

    I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge.

  8. 3

    Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.

  9. 2

    What's any artist, but the dregs of his work? the human shambles that follows it around. What's left of the man when the work's done but a shambles of apology.

  10. 1

    What’s any artist, but the dregs of his work?

  11. Last Update: 6 March 2021

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