“We are promised very long hours and low wages. And stale bread. That’s pretty much it. It’s this crazy thing where you’re asked to come and work a lot, and you lose money on the job, because you wind up spending more in tips than you ever earn. But you get to see the world, and see Wes live this wonderful, magical life, where his dreamscape comes true. So, if we show up, he gets to have all his fun, and I guess it’s because we like him that we go along with this.”
"Willem Dafoe said this production was like the ‘actor’s retirement home.’ We had this small hotel in Görlitz, a town on the border of Poland and Germany, and it was all us — there were no other people in it. We walked over to Poland one night, but it was closed, so we were all just in this hotel. The hotel was also our restaurant, and where we’d do prep and makeup. So you’d come down for breakfast and then on the other side of the lobby was makeup and hair. So you’d say, ‘Excuse me, hold on a sec, I’m gonna go get another croissant.’ And then you’d march back over, all the time in your slippers and a robe, like a bunch of old men dying in a hotel."
"with Wes, specifically, all his props and sets are so perfect, you just have to relax and be part of the chemical process. It’s almost like the developing of a photograph. If you’re in the midst of it, you’re a part of it — this picture that he’s made. You’re like the flower in the still life."
Struggles for human rights always begin with brave men and women who stand up, isolated, against the forces of oppression. But, in the United States, victory really arrives on the glorious day when the people with money decide discrimination is bad for business.
Sad but true.
Gershon Loran sat in the light and shade amid the yellow jasmine and purple bougainvillaea and the red and white roses of Jakob Keter’s Jerusalem garden, waiting.
from The Book of Lights
Then he turned into Lee Avenue and was gone.
from The Chosen
My parents were still watching me through our living-room window.
from My Name is Asher Lev
We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.
Capitalism is weird