"Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination."
Lou Reed and his wife, experimental musician Laurie Anderson in 1995 captured at Coney Island by Annie Leibovitz
Bill Bentley, Lou Reed’s former publicist and longtime friend speaks to Fresh Air about Lou’s personal demons he fought through his art:
I think there [were] a lot of questions in [Lou’s] mind of how do you become a good person? How do you fight off the demons and the devils that take you down the other road, and that was his lifelong struggle, but I think that’s also what made him such a great artist because he never backed down from it. He acknowledged it. He wrote songs about it, like what is that line between good and bad in a person? And where does it take you?
Hear the interview with Bentley, which features clips from interviews with some of Reed’s fellow musicians and collaborators HERE
Xiaolu Guo, Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
"The subject of drama is The Lie. At the end of the drama THE TRUTH - which has been overlooked, disregarded, scorned, and denied - prevails. And that is how we know the Drama is done."
David Mamet (via writingquotes)
From “Ars Poetica” in poet Mary Ruefle’s collection Trances of the Blast. Wave Books: 2013.
"End with an image and don’t explain."
Stanley Kunitz (via writingquotes)
"Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful."
Robert Brault (via cultivate-solitude)