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" A bland smile is like a green light at an intersection, it feels good when you get one, but you forget it the moment you're past it. "
" I'm always looking for things that are so incredibly present that they become invisible. "
" I will say that my days are spent solitary and somewhat lost in thought, and every single time I inadvertently wear my shirt inside out in public, I bump into my sister-in-law at the grocery store. "
" I can't switch time zones any more. London is one of my favourite places, but I'm always so zonked that I can't appreciate it. It's like a six-inch sheet of glass between me and Charing Cross Road. "
" Technology favors horrible people. "
" North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989. "
" Some people think fashion is frivolous but it's not... it's just that some ideas come and go quickly, and that's the nature of the language of fashion. "
" My question about luging is, How do you get into the luge community to begin with? Is it one day like, 'Mom, Dad, I really want to luge.' And your parents are like: 'O.K., I'll quit my job. We'll move to an Alpine community.' "
" The universe hands you opportunities for a while, and if you don't take them, the universe says to itself, 'Oh I see, this person doesn't like opportunities' and stops giving them to you. "
" Sometimes the best lighting of all is a power failure. "
" Salad bars are like a restaurant's lungs. They soak up the impurities and bacteria in the environment, leaving you with much cleaner air to enjoy. "
" We need to be around our families not because we have so many shared experiences to talk about, but instead because they know precisely which subjects to avoid. "
" I decided at 40 I was wasting entire chunks of my brain and didn't want to blow my one chance on Earth. I'm glad I made that decision. Writing is largely about time, while visual art is largely about space. Sometimes, as with film, you can hybridize, but I think it's basically the space part of my brain wanting equal footing with the time part. "
" Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler. "
" Art was always my main focus; I fell into writing by accident in the 1980s, writing magazine articles to pay for my studio. I have to put myself into the position of writing; sometimes it doesn't work, and sometimes it works great. "
" If I think too much about all of those Chinese factories where all the stuff in a Wal-Mart is made, I get that woozy feeling you get when you see ducks covered in crude oil. "
" For many people, myself included, the end of the world is happening all the time! It is a form of criticality that paradoxically gives us hope for change and improvement. "
" If you don't change, then what's the point of anything happening to you? "
" I've got 911 on speed dial. "
" Self-delusion is one of the funniest things there is. "
" People will always choose more money over more sex. "
" As a form of escapism, yearning for the 20th century is understandable, but in practice it would be horrible - sort of like going on a holiday promising yourself you could go without the Internet, only to crumble and walk in a daze to the local Internet cafe to gorge on connectivity. "
" New York is a theme park for people with IQs over 108. "
" Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value. "
" Failure is authentic, and because it's authentic, it's real and genuine, and because of that, it's a pure state of being. "
" Only losers make decisions when things are bad. The time to rejig your life is the time when it's seemingly smooth. "
" In the future, torture will once again become the recreational sport of the rich. "
" I think as a species we're not designed to be able to think more than one year into the future - if that. Even trying to imagine one year from now makes most people feel like they've been given a huge boring chunk of homework that's too hard to do. "
" I'm starting to wonder if pop culture is in its dying days, because everyone is able to customize their own lives with the images they want to see and the words they want to read and the music they listen to. You don't have the broader trends like you used to. "
" People say if you're doing an art project, that's different from a book, but I honestly don't see it. I try and try, and I just don't. "
" If your life had lyrics, would they be any good? "