“Americans have been most drawn to the great tragedies—in our classroom and on our stages. “
“The space between fantasy and reality is a very charged one. Fiction can explore that, which might be one reason why I’m so drawn to it as a form.”
Scott Bomar’s multi-generational band The Bo-Keys has almost single-handedly kept the soul tradition of the Stax and Hi labels alive.
“Buster Keaton’s imagination and ideas are more surrealistic than Chaplin’s, and his stunts are astonishing in terms of their demanding technique, even today”.
“I love Fats Waller. Fats Waller will always be here because he is simply that magnetic a person(a).”
“Bernard Malamud is the great sentence-maker, the great craftsman, and the sheer quality of those sentences has never perhaps been given its complete due.”
“Everybody has the power to change the world because we’re a part of it. Even if it’s a really small change, it needs to be done. Writing is my pebble in this path.” – Jérôme Richer
In his book, Ira Stoll argues that John F. Kennedy was, “by the standards of both his time and our own, a conservative.”
“It seems now that quality spreads through reputation — the live show is where we really see bands pull away from the pack. It takes quality now to survive. Strong work.”
“If, as a reader, you’re expecting the standard rap on meat, then, well, you’re in for an unexpected history.”