We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.
Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.
Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.
Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.
What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin.
One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves.
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent.
Now you have people in Washington who have no interest in the country at all. They’re interested in their companies, their corporations grabbing Caspian oil.
Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.