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Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.
Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence.
Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K.
In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to figure out what somebody is saying. Somebody might actually be saying something.
Our society has gotten to the point where we might soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence.
Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in line by investigative reporting, public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments in court against those who put products on the market that are dangerous to their buyers.
The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war.
If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway.
All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm.
Our democratic richness arrives when we're able to comprehend our collective humanity accurately.
What we need in America is a renaissance. We need to go forward by going backward.
Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can.
Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day, thinking about how I want to phrase something or how I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
Getting to the pint where the other is not the enemy is a big leap.
You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism.
I don't know any women who don't think about what they look like, and I don't know any men who don't think about what women look like.
I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world, so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.
Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience - or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence.
The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self, that's the general thing people are talking about.
Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music.
When you're artistic director of a program, you present the music you want to present.
People don't really think other people are the same.
As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
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