Quote: Adaptation

July 18, 2007

In one motion, Kaufman swabs his forehead and pulls a book
entitled The Orchid Thief from his bag.

First, I think it’s a great book.

Laroche is a fun character, isn’t he?

Kaufman nods, flips through the book, stalling. There’s a
smiling author photo of Susan Orlean on the inside back

And Orlean makes orchids so fascinating.
Plus her musings on Florida, orchid
poaching. Indians. Great, sprawling New
Yorker stuff. I’d want to remain true to
that, let the movie exist rather than be
artificially plot driven.

Okay, great, great. I guess I’m not
exactly sure what that means.

Oh. Well… I’m not sure exactly yet
either. So… y’know, it’s…

Oh. Okay. Great. So, um, what —

It’s just, I don’t want to compromise by
making it a Hollywood product. An orchid
heist movie. Or changing the orchids
into poppies and turning it into a movie
about drug running. Y’know?

Oh, of course. We agree. Definitely.

Or cramming in sex, or car chases, or
guns. Or characters learning profound
life lessons. Or characters growing or
characters changing or characters
learning to like each other or characters
overcoming obstacles to succeed in the
end. Y’know? Movie shit.

— from the script of the movie Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, adapted from the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Quote: George Bernard Shaw

May 15, 2007

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

— quoted in Kill Your Darlings by Terence Blacker

George Bernard Shaw wikipedia

Quote: Elias Canetti

May 15, 2007

Among illiterates money is regarded as the measuring rod for all things: for friendship, goodness, education, power, love.

Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti; pg. 121

Quote: Dolly Parton

May 15, 2007

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

I don’t have the source, though…

Quote: Charles Baudelaire

May 15, 2007

This should be known as The Writer’s Prayer:

Annoyed with everyone and annoyed with myself, I long to redeem myself and to bolster my pride a bit in the silence and solitude of the night. Souls of those I have loved, souls of those I have sung, fortify me, sustain me, remove me from untruth and the world’s corrupting fumes. And you, Lord my God! Grant me the grace to produce a few beautiful verses to prove to myself that I am not the lowest of men, and that I am not inferior to those I despise!

Parisian Prowler, “At One O’Clock In The Morning, ” pg. 17

Quote: Colin Wilson

May 14, 2007

Colin Wilson, the man who could see the truth:

This, it seemed to me, is the basic difference between human beings. Some are perfectly satisfied with what they have; they eat, drink, impregnate their wives, and take life as it comes. Others can never forget that they are being cheated; that life tempts them to struggle by offering them the essence of sex, of beauty, of success; and that she always seems to pay in counterfeit money.

The Outsider: Twenty Years After by Colin Wilson, pg. xviii

Today’s Quote

April 3, 2007

“Sex happens. I find this neither disturbing nor surprising.”

Ancient human unearthed in China


March 25, 2007

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


March 22, 2007

Anonymous tombstone:

It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.


March 22, 2007

“Grandpa” Al Lewis

Some of the most talented people I knew died broke in a furnished room.

WBAI-FM radio program sometime in the late 1980s