I don’t have one writing process. I have several. I have been writing with purpose for almost 30 years. I hope one day I figure out how to do...
The Cure - Lovesong
(Okay, scratch what I said earlier. One last bit of Love and Hate bonus content… because I know better...
Marc Maron:: You've got a lot of people on the left that talk a lot, but the people that actually do the real work are people that do it on a community level. They do it on a sort of grassroots level. How can we get this school working properly? How can we get this neighborhood working properly?
Billy Bragg:: Those people who talk a lot about the theory and they're sitting in their armchairs—one of the things they really hate is religion. But if you go down to the soup kitchen and find out who's giving out the free food, I can assure you you'll find more people of faith there than you will find Marxists. When I see those people that are motivated by their faith to do that kind of work, I find the attitude of Richard Dawkins—to say to those people that they're stupid or they're ignorant because of their faith—I find that a form of fundamentalism that I'm not comfortable with.
“It’s the audience, ultimately, that can be the only real vehicle for change, not the artist. The artist does have an important role—bringing people together, helping to focus their solidarity … to raise money. But the artists alone cannot change the world. We can only reflect the world and offer a different perspective … The ultimate responsibility is with you in the audience, not with me on the stage.”
“Who the hell wants to be a writer? Who ever says, “Well, I was thinking about professional basketball, but frankly, I want the eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, slowly weakening liver, and social anxiety that only a career in writing can afford. Oh, and the constant rejection and low pay! Those, too!”
“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
“In my opinion, and this is just an opinion, art exists to be shared…so share it. I don’t know what you’re worried about protecting it from, but it’s absolutely certain that /nothing/ will happen to it, good or bad, if it’s not shared.”
“Picking a pope name is usually like trying to get a screen name, where you’re like, “I wanna be Pius,” and they’re like, “Sorry, we can give you Pius XIII, but that’s about it.”
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”