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" Broadway is not about surprises. It's about rewarding the putrid, formulaic crap that makes Broadway Broadway. "
" It's very hard to find artists in the history of western art who don't make portraiture ideological in some way. "
" I used to think that the feeling of alienation that I would have was just me, but I realise that it's also a symptom of the modern world. "
" I suppose that there are many novels that are set during the summer because it's a lonely time of year. Friends come and go, comfort comes and goes, which makes it a perfect time of year to indulge in melancholia. "
" I love Andre Leon Talley as a person. "
" Racism seduces us with its desire to categorize, shutting out the living and breathing and 'different' world all around us. "
" I think that you don't really want to write a book that doesn't really move people and doesn't get them to think. "
" I think someone like Khandi Alexander, who's now on 'Treme,' is one of the most extraordinary actresses I've seen in years. But she's dependent on someone brilliant like David Simon to realize that and to give her a forum. Tyler Perry's not interested in that kind of nuance because it doesn't sell. "
" 'Moonlight' undoes our expectations as viewers, and as human beings, too. As we watch, another movie plays in our minds: real-life footage of the many forms of damage done to black men, which can sometimes lead them to turn that hateful madness on their own kind, passing on the poison that was their inheritance. "
" One of the things that's great about writing for a magazine is that every week you get to be a different person. You're writing different things all the time and not slogging along for years on something. "
" For black people, being around white people is sometimes like taking care of babies you don't like. "
" When you work at a magazine, you have to tell the truth. When you're not working in that format, it's fun to see where your mind takes you when the dictates have nothing to do with anyone but yourself. "
" One of the things I liked about writing for a magazine was a kind of anonymity. When you do books, it's different than magazine pieces because you become a 'figure.' "
" Inspiration takes many forms, but it's rarely pure. "
" I'm attracted to people who work their little plot of land and cultivate it and cultivate it. "
" I think that Tyler Perry's genius really has been to tap into the domestic market. He knows what his audience is based on, having toured America for so long, and then giving them the blueprint for his films prior to the films coming out, and then the films have the built-in audience because they've seen it in theaters already. "
" Boredom means you develop your own interior life. "
" Black excellence is a thing. People - from Beyonce Knowles to Venus and Serena Williams to folks you haven't heard of - are into it. It's less a movement than a standard: believers set the bar high not only for themselves but also for others who share their vision, especially when it pertains to black history, stories, and style. "
" I love writing. Writing has been very good to me. "
" My mother reveres artists, and my sister and I have inherited her love of art and the stories about its creation. "
" My love of performers is not really different than my love for painters. Everyone's really high-strung and trying to do the best they can. "
" If you have a word of encouragement, you can do anything. "
" If you want to take writing on, you should pay writing the respect it deserves, which is to say, reading it. "
" I think writing is an act of remembrance, I think that Instagram is an act of remembrance, and I think curating a show is an act of memory, too. "
" I'm not one of those people who's against all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays, but there are lot more complex and natural ways to bring people of color into the theater. "
" I think what we're attracted to on the page is something that is very difficult to do in life, which is to examine in what seems like a moment. To examine what we can't do in life very well, which is to be as present and accountable to what an experience is. That's why life is short and art is very long. "
" Julius Eastman is the kind of American genius not enough people know about. "
" I envy poets because nobody ever asks them if it's true or false. "
" I grew up in a largely black community during the '70s and '80s that scoffed at 'white' music. That music - folk, rock, some disco - was considered soulless, aberrant, just one more example of the Caucasian's desire to scream and yell and demand whatever their privilege and perpetual adolescence dictated they should demand. "
" Of course a magazine is shaped by its editor, and each editor is different. "
" I think, what's the point of writing a book that you would get in one sitting? "