Photo of Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams // "I am sitting at my kitchen table waiting for my lover to arrive with lettuce and tomatoes and rum and sherry wine and a big floury loaf of bread in the fading sunlight. Coffee is percolating gently, and my mood is mellow. I have been very happy lately, just wallowing in it selfishly, knowing it will not last very long, which is all the more reason to enjoy it now."

Photo of David Lynch

David Lynch // "I am searching for a good pair of pants. I never found a pair of pants that I just love. I like comfortable pants and clothes I can work in, that I feel comfortable in. I don't really like to get dressed up. I like to wear the same thing every day and feel comfortable. It's a fit, it's a certain kind of feeling, and if they're not right, which they never are, it's a sadness. You know, it interrupts the flow of happiness. I'm working on it, believe me."

Photo of Miles Davis

Miles Davis // "When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad."

Photo of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini // "You are like a precious stone which is violently shattered into a thousand splinters in order to be rebuilt of a material more lasting than that of life, the material of poetry."

Photo of Björk

Björk // "I think creativity always lives somewhere in everyone but its nature is quite pranksterish and slippery and every time you grab its tail it’s found a new corner to thrive in. Perhaps the trick is not to force it and put it up against a wall and want it to be in a particular area. But rather, with a lot of kindness, sniff it out and wonder where it has gone to this time around... I definitely don’t succeed in this all the time, but feel overall things have been more fertile when I trust this creature’s instincts and follow it rather than me willfully reforming it into a circus animal... Anyways: as much as you’d like to ignore this animal you have to attend it. Because if you don’t, them dark times turn up…"

Photo of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf // "Happiness is in the quiet, ordinary things. A table, a chair, a book with a paper-knife stuck between the pages. And the petal falling from the rose, and the light flickering as we sit silent."

Photo of John Lennon

John Lennon // "The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets."

Photo of Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto // "I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion."

Photo of Christopher Doyle

Christopher Doyle // "Art is what artists make. So the process is to become an artist, it’s not to make art. And that’s the journey as a get to a point where you are at ease with yourself, where you are open to all the possibilities, and then it will be re-channeled through you as an artist... So the process is actually the process of you. The process is working on yourself."

Photo of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath // "Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted."

Photo of Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller // "I’m a writer, and everything I write is both a confession and a struggle to understand things about myself and this world in which I live. This is what everyone’s work should be...whether you dance or paint or sing. It is a confession, a baring of your soul, your faults, those things you simply cannot or will not understand or accept. You stumble forward, confused, and you share. If you’re lucky, you learn something."

Photo of Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood // "I'm waiting for the first lawsuit. I'm waiting, you know, for the lawsuit in which the family of the dead woman sues the state… And I'm also waiting for a lawsuit that says if you force me to have children I cannot afford, you should pay for the whole process. They should pay for my prenatal care. They should pay for my, otherwise, very expensive delivery. You should pay for my health insurance. You should pay for the upkeep of this child after it is born. That's where the concern seems to cut off with these people. Once you take your first breath, it's out the window with you. And, it is really a form of slavery to force women to have children that they cannot afford and then to say that they have to raise them… People have to decide what kind of world they want to live in. Are we in favor of forced childbirth? Because that’s the world that we are going to get if we shut down reproductive rights. Right to life is one way of putting it. Forced childbirth is another way."