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The thing that you worry about your first flight or any flight is some kind of a problem coming up that is going to keep you from doing it. Whether it’s being hit by a car, or getting in a bad accident, or coming down with some other medical disqualification. But once the boosters light, you’re going.
Hopefully this is going to be a trend, the beginning of a movement to reclaim theater for the artist and not commerce. I think there’s a level of fatigue. Artists are tired of having to create work that’s then coopted by commercial demands. When you begin souping up the car, the car no longer feels like your own.
When I write, it’s intimate. I write in the car, and I don’t even hear, like, ambulances driving past me because I’m in my car, listening to the music, writing. I record in an attic with no booth. It’s not like I’m in the dark with candles, but it’s like a house, a home, and I record like that. I think that plays into the music.
I’m not interested in changing either my suit or my car or whatever with every change in fashion. That’s irrelevant. I don’t judge myself or my friends by their fashions. Of course, I don’t approve of people who are sloppy and unnecessarily shabby or dishevelled… But I’m not impressed by a US$5,000 or US$10,000 Armani suit.
What I’m asking people to do is to look at their lives, wherever they may be. I mean, you may be a housewife or a mother in Gauteng and you’re driving your kid to school, you know, and you’ve got one kid in the back and you’re driving 30 kilometres to school and 30 kilometres back, so 60 kilometres in a day, to take one child to school. Is there a possibility that you can put a few more kids, some friends’ kids in the car, and start saving on those types of things?
In the build-up to a race I begin practising two days beforehand with two other team members. We have an hour and a half practise run together. Then on the next day we have another practise in two separate hour long sessions. On the actual day of competition we do a warm-up run in the car before the race.
Many pioneers of these industrial changes, it is true, became rich. But they acquired their wealth by supplying the public with motor cars, airplanes, radio sets, refrigerators, moving and talking pictures, and variety of less spectacular but no less useful innovations. These new products were certainly not an achievement of offices and bureaucrats.
The church in the book (and movie) plays a pivotal scene. We looked everywhere .. I mean everywhere! We had to have enough of a front yard area to house a Nativity scenes. And we finally found it .. two miles from our office. And we had been all over Tulsa looking. We were looking in places in Texas, everywhere! And I was in the car with the director and we drove by the church.
I only wanted Uncle Vernon standing by his own car (a Hudson) on a clear day, I got him and the car. Ialso got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography.
The world is super-stupid. You have by far the best designers in America! And you do the most stupid cars in the world! They put billions into their stupid designs for General Motors, Chrysler, Buick, or who knows what. The designers in America must be frustrated. I am not frustrated, because I am not a designer – I am a philosopher, and all philosophers have said for ages that the world around them is stupid.