“I feel that a true artist doesn’t have a right to be into sports. It’s like high school: either you are a jock or an artist. You can’t be both.”
“I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it’s important. For us we have a lot of producers that were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view? … I think it’s forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that’s more powerful and special.”
“But Ilana is not cruel. She in fact, feels like a female Bill Murray character, a combination I have never encountered before. She’s Venkman in a midriff-bearing T-shirt: a woman who does whatever she wants but with so much affable myopia you end up admiring her. It’s not how most people do things, but if your job doesn’t pay you, why not take a nap? If you have hemorrhoids and you find yourself at the vet, why not ask about them? Ilana is uniquely unburdened by what people think of her. If that sometimes makes her a jerk, it also makes her a unicorn—a rare being that, once spotted, you don’t take your eyes off.”
Hourlong phoner with one of my all-time favorite artists tomorrow.
“For isn’t it odd that the only language I have in which to speak of this crime is the language of the criminal who committed the crime? And what can that really mean? For the language of the criminal can contain only the goodness of the criminal’s deed. The language of the criminal can explain and express the deed only from the criminal’s point of view. It cannot contain the horror of the deed, the injustice of the deed, the agony, the humiliation inflicted on me. When I say to the criminal, “This is wrong, this is wrong, this is wrong,” or “This deed is bad, and this other deed is bad, and this one is also very, very bad,” the criminal understands the “wrong” in this way: It is wrong when “he” doesn’t get his fair share of profits from the crime just committed; he understands the word “bad” in this way: a fellow criminal betrayed a trust. That must be why, when I say, “I am filled with rage,” the criminal says, “But why?””