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" My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud. "
" For me, Memphis has always been a city that holds a great deal of meaning and also leads me to a lot of thinking. Besides Sun Studio, which helped put rock n' roll on the map all over the world, the legendary Stax Studio also called Memphis home. "
" Collecting records is, for many, beyond a hobby. "
" Pride is a thing that I have tried to abandon completely. Try as I might, pride still creeps into many of the things I do. "
" Canadians are often a friendly bunch. "
" I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy. "
" I don't believe it mattered to Timothy McVeigh who was president or who his congressional representative was when he blew up the Murrah Building in 1995. "
" Trayvon Martin did not need to die. "
" As far as I have been able to understand, the Japanese seem to keep things close to the vest. Friendly but remote and polite to the point of being invisible. It is in the music, literature, film and art that the Japanese really seem to express themselves. "
" I have been listening to the Stooges' self-titled first album for well over half my life, and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with. "
" I am neither pro- nor anti-gun. I am gun-conscious. "
" For many years, my favorite director has been the Japanese giant Akira Kurosawa. "
" Harmony is boring. "
" In blues music, there's a lot of borrowing, so it's often difficult to identify the originator of a song. "
" I once asked Ozzy Osbourne, truly one of my favorite people in the world, if he was cool with singing Black Sabbath songs year after year, whether he was performing with Black Sabbath or out on a solo tour. He said it was great. "
" When people make my country look bad, I can't stand it. "
" Adolescence is a plague on the senses. "
" Mr. Christ, I read you as an infinitely patient entity who, as they say, often works in mysterious ways, a rebel unafraid to take the tougher, less traveled paths. Seems to me you're playing the long game. Is that why more states are coming out in favor of marriage equality? Is that why the Affordable Care Act is now with us? "
" And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever. "
" Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it. "
" Fish is the only kind of respirating thing that I consume. Everything else I don't want any part of. "
" The perpetrators of the actual bad stuff that does real and lasting harm to people, like leakage of industrial chemicals into water systems, seem to get not so much as a second glance; the bloviation from media pundits and think tanks creates false problems that waste time and energy debunking. "
" The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser. "
" Enough Americans saw fit to give president Obama a second term. I don't think there will be many people keeping their Romney/Ryan bumper stickers on their cars. "
" Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction. "
" Michele Bachmann is always a great person to go to for an opinion about anything. She has a very active and interesting mind. "
" August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one's endurance, sanity and stamina. "
" If American forces leave Afghanistan, the Taliban is going to do what to America? Don't say you're worried about what they will do to the Afghan people. If that was America's concern, America's operational presence there would be much different. "
" It is very difficult to tell Americans that they can't do something. "
" I'm not into fame. I'm not into making money, outside of financing my books. I'm not into status. My thing is basically about time - not wasting it. "
" There is no way you are going to be forgiven for blowing up a village and killing a bunch of people. "