I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus.
It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer.
I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.
The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.
I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton.
I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go.
When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
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