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Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. ...
by Laurie Anderson

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Related topics: Music

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

I don't take compliments so well.
I always hang my head and shuffle and kind of try to immediately forget.
- Laurie Anderson

I think women are excellent social critics.
- Laurie Anderson

 

I'm an average enough person to point to the things
I've gotten to see that are awe-inspiring.
- Laurie Anderson

It's just such a great miracle when things do work,
and they work for such a wild variety of crazy reasons.
- Laurie Anderson

I'm not usually where I think I am.
It's kind of spooky.
- Laurie Anderson

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I have written a few children's books.
The first book that I wrote was for children.
It was called "The Package", and it was a mystery story in pictures.
It had no words.
- Laurie Anderson

People only stutter at the beginning of the word.
They're not afraid when they get to the end of the word.
There's just regret.
- Laurie Anderson

At the School of Visual Arts in New York,
you can get your degree in Net art, which is really
a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.
- Laurie Anderson

I so much appreciate it when anybody tries to make
something and tries to be an artist -
I'm happy to see the work.
- Laurie Anderson

I have written a lot about snakes.
There's something pretty primordial about it.
- Laurie Anderson

Something that has so much power must have life.
Instruments have life.
- Laurie Anderson

I just sort of wish people would dance differently.
It reminds me of teenage sex.
- Laurie Anderson

If there are bases on the moon, that would be the end
of the moon as we know it.
- Laurie Anderson

The fewer expectations you have, the better.
- Laurie Anderson

The thing that's characteristic of my performance is
that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.
- Laurie Anderson

I think artists who are attracted to working on the
Net will adjust their work to the capabilities of a very small screen.
- Laurie Anderson

You can do great things with low-tech stuff.
- Laurie Anderson

The only stuff I don't like are Broadway musicals.
I hate them.
I don't even like to talk about it.
I can't bear musicals.
- Laurie Anderson

When love is gone, there's always justice.
And when justice is gone, there's always force.
And when force is gone, there's always Mom.
Hi, Mom!
- Laurie Anderson

Performance art is about joy, about making something
that's so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words.
- Laurie Anderson

I hate zoos.
- Laurie Anderson

I'm a real workaholic.
- Laurie Anderson

A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity,
like the word livewire.
- Laurie Anderson

As a New Yorker, I'm someone who lives on an island
and looks across to America.
- Laurie Anderson

One of the things I learned from working on the Olympics was,
the world does not need another big multimedia show.
- Laurie Anderson

People are really suffering these days.
There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal
despair as they wonder what are they working for.
- Laurie Anderson

My work is more about trying to ask good questions
and not trying to come up with big shows.
Every fashion company is doing that,
every car company is doing that.
- Laurie Anderson

The problem with prototypes is they don't always work.
- Laurie Anderson

I really like books that you can kind of hear as much as think about,
that are so graphic and visual.
- Laurie Anderson

My secret dream is to write an epic poem.
That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.
- Laurie Anderson

My job is to make images and leave the decision-making
and conclusion-drawing to other people.
- Laurie Anderson

A lot of the work in United States is highly critical of technology.
I'm using 15,000 watts of power and 18 different pieces
of electronic equipment to say that.
- Laurie Anderson

The world is a strange and wonderful place.
- Laurie Anderson

You can do bigger and bigger things.
For what?
- Laurie Anderson

I've been trying to avoid goal-oriented behavior.
- Laurie Anderson

It's good to take a longer view and think,
What would I really like to do if I had no limitations whatsoever?
- Laurie Anderson

A lot of artists who have a certain style are expected
to more or less keep doing their style.
It's so easy to get into that rut of production.
- Laurie Anderson

I think a lot of people in Washington are extremely suspicious of NASA.
- Laurie Anderson

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now...
only much, much better.
- Laurie Anderson

Why do you have to translate and decode things? Just let the image be.
It will have a special kind of reality that it won't once it's decoded.
- Laurie Anderson

I see and write things first as an artist,
second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker.
All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.
- Laurie Anderson

As an artist I'd choose the thing that's beautiful
more than the one that's true.
- Laurie Anderson

Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about
someone who's looking for something so huge,
something they've wanted all their life,
yet they know when they find it, it will kill them.
- Laurie Anderson

Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What
did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century
way of thinking about art,
because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.
- Laurie Anderson

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

One of the problems of writing is that anyone who commits
themselves to that process has to believe that they're good.
- Steven Bochco

I'm approaching a period in my life though where I'd
like to be totally absorbed into music,
doing concerts, writing something.
Basically, that IS what I am doing.
- Roscoe Mitchell

For a man who no longer has a homeland,
writing becomes a place to live.
- Theodor Adorno

Writing is an incredibly lonely job.
- R. A. Salvatore

At school I was always trying to con my teachers into
letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.
- Laura Linney

Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
- E. B. White

In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good,
and praise it.
- Alex Haley

I love opera, I love writing for the voice,
I love telling stories with music.
- Anthony Davis

Although I like the work I've done in the past,
I like what I'm writing now even more.
- Cynthia Weil

I don't want boys to use their pencils for improper writing.
- John Burns

Do not copy my style!
The first rule of writing is write about what you know,
not what you think you know.
So, think about what you've done in your life and write about that.
- Jackie Collins

When I graduated college I needed to make money while I was pursuing acting,
so I read screenplays and made a living writing coverage on them for studios.
- Sasha Alexander

After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family -
I finally got published.
- Lloyd Alexander

And that's what I've learned too: writing is key.
- Trish Stratus


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