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A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
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Any society that has a powerful anxiety about the ability to remember may be tempted toward literal memorization and recitation.
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Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.
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Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.
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For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
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From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
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Growing up in Brooklyn in the '40s and following the war in the papers and on the radio every day, the world looked very different to us then.
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I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
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I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
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I didn't think about whether I was writing poems. I was thinking. And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
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I didn't want to illustrate the way I had worked. I wanted to work at being a poet.
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I had no idea where these kids at a small private college in the San Fernando Valley were coming from, why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know.
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I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
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I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally, but then no audience is expert over the whole range of things I want to explore.
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I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
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I learned German first. I suppose that's my typical situation in relation to Jewishness. My family was no longer religious.
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I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even common jokes as part of what I'm doing. I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out.
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I started revising poems while I was reading them. Changing poems that were already written. It was a disaster.
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I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
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I took lines from popular novels and arranged them as songs. Since the source texts were novels, the language was originally notated as prose.
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I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton.
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I was on my own from the age of 16.
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I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
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I was very committed to the process of composing, working at poems, putting things together and taking them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
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I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus.
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I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.
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I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go.
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I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
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It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
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My connections to performers like Lenny Bruce are a little more oblique. I never accepted for myself the genre of entertainment.
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My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer.
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My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it.
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My way of thinking is very particular and concrete. It doesn't follow a continuous path.
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Nobody has paid much attention to the structure of my books as books, probably because the individual works all begin in performance.
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None of my other relatives had any expectations-either for me or for themselves. All their expectations seemed to turn out wrong.
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Readiness is all. If I make a slip of the tongue, I can't erase it, though I can correct it publicly if I catch it. But then the audience may not catch it either.
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Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.
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The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
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The artist was always consulting a standard model from which the least deviation looked like a revolution.
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The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
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The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
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There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
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There is probably no oral society that fails to mark the spatial distinction of left and right, peculiar as this distinction may be.
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Think of Charlie Parker or Thelonius Monk: they didn't walk in without things on their mind, habits in their way of proceeding, musical sounds in their head.
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Thinking while talking, and thinking by any means I could, which meant thinking by telling stories, came to me at pretty much the same time.
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We listened to jazz. It was the age of McCarthy. The Korean War was on. I was into physiological psychology.
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When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor.
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When my mother left her second husband, she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
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When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
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While I don't script and I don't use other performers, I think my taste for underlying precision gives me something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
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While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
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You pay your money, you take your choice. I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels.
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