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Laurie Anderson
June 5, 1947 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

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


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.


Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.


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.


The world is a strange and wonderful place.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


You can do bigger and bigger things. For what?


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.


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


Something that has so much power must have life. Instruments have life.


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


I'm a real workaholic.


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


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.


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.


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