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I kept trying to find a way to turn myself so that I couldnt see the telephone poles or be in the path of fathers breath. I was feeling dizzy and then very sick and the father was shouting, WHAT THE
GO TO THE HEAD, DO IT IN THE HEAD! DONT PUKE ON ME, CLYDE! CLYDE!
I never did finish my letter to Jesus. I tried for a while but I couldnt think of anything else to say besides, Have a Good Summer and Stay Crazy.
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There are certain children who are told they are too sensitive, and there are certain adults who believe sensitivity is a problem that can be fixed in the way that crooked teeth can be fixed and made straight. And when these two come together you get a fairytale, a kind of story with hopelessness in it.
I believe there is something in these old stories that does what singing does to words. They have transformational capabilities, in the way melody can transform mood.
They can't transform your actual situation, but they can transform your experience of it. We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay. I believe we have always done this, used images to stand and understand what otherwise would be intolerable.

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Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.

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You have to be willing to spend time making things for no known reason.

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What year is it in your imagination?

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When we finish a book, why do we hold it in both hands and gaze at it as if it were somehow alive?

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At the center of everything we call 'the arts,' and children call 'play,' is something which seems somehow alive.

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Then how can you ever know about the beautiful goodness of Mud? How bad it wants to be things. How bad it wants to get on your legs and arms and take your footprints and handprints and how bad it wants you to make it alive! Mud is always ready to play with you. Seriously you should try it!

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And I could tell she loved him. And although she was an evil fungus growing on 200 pounds of irritated lard, her feelings were real.

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Kids don't plan to play. They don't go: 'Barbie, Ken, you ready to play? It's gonna be a three-act.'

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I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up.

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The library was open for one hour after school let out. I hid there, looking at art books and reading poetry.

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Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time.

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In life there are always these things happening if you can just get the joke.

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When you are little, you will draw pictures for no reason.

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I remember my comic strips being called 'new wave.' It bugged me.

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I was unable to sleep and I would stay up and draw these little cartoons. Then a friend showed them around. Before I knew it I was a cartoonist.

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There was a beautiful time in the beginning when I just did it and didn't analyze the consequences, but I think that time ends in everyone's work.

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When you start to think of the arts as not this thing that is going to get you somewhere in terms of becoming an artist or becoming famous or whatever it is that people do, but rather a way of making being in the world not just bearable, but fascinating, then it starts to get interesting again.

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These are very confusing times. For the first time in history a woman is expected to combine: intelligence with a sharp hairdo, a raised consciousness with high heels, and an open, nonsexist relationship with a tan guy who has a great bod.

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By the 6th grade I stopped doing ordinary things in front of people. It had been ordinary to sing, kids are singing all the time when they are little, but then something happens. It's not that we stop singing. I still sang. I just made sure I was alone when I did it. And I made sure I never did it accidentally. That thing we call 'bursting into song.' I believe this happens to most of us. We are still singing, but secretly and all alone.

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