Habitat for wildlife is continually shrinking - I can at least provide a way station.
Where I didn't have the maturity and the compassion to consider other people's needs, I did a lot of damage.
There has to be that feeling in a good villain - that he's awesome, he has his own power; that he is, in several senses, unstoppable.
When I got to Grinnell College, I was part of the black turtleneck sweater and Camel cigarette crowd of poets and writers.
Interdependence is a fact, it's not an opinion.
You don't see artists sitting around a lot, talking about ideology. They find out what they believe, and what they're doing, by doing it.
Any political agenda and organization which doesn't begin with personal responsibility is just half the argument. It's just not going to succeed.
I believe that when you're wrong, own it and apologize, and so I do and put it on the equivalent of my front page.
I would say 90 percent of my mail and phone calls are from people who want some kind of help or succor or commitment from me to do something.
When you break the rules and you win, you're a hero; when you lose, you're scurrilous.
Money is a way of creating scarcity.
The self is just not a worthy enough vehicle to worship.
I think you have a social responsibility as the villain, which is pretty different from the hero's responsibility. If you have any kind of a social or political conscience at all, the first thing you want to do is make malevolence recognizable to people, almost as a kind of teaching aid.
When I went to get my master's in creative writing at San Francisco State after Grinnell, I joined the moribund remnants of the Actor's Workshop, until I saw Kay Hayward and Sandy Archer in the San Francisco Mime Troupe and drove down that day to audition. The rest is history.
In 2001, Texaco was bought by Chevron, and during deliberations concerning that sale, an 800 page document listing the problems and liabilities connected to Texaco was brought forward at their stockholder meeting by Amazon Watch, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the Amazon.
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