“Just look at all the T-shirts, the buttons, the photographs, the records, the film and video appearances. Malcolm is today's black hero, a black ideal for turbulent times: the steely mirror image we want ourselves to see.”
“Historical events as vast as the overthrow of world communism can be analyzed on a cosmic scale, the way astronomers study the universe by peering at whole galaxies. Or they can be analyzed in miniature, by focusing on a molecule”
“It is a party, and Václav is The Good King: relaxed, smothered in kisses and well-wishes ... the only president in living history who, in one breath, can quote John Lennon, Samuel Beckett, and Immanuel Kant”
"the self-proclaimed 'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll' who changed everything. The first musical icon to exclaim/proclaim the persona of ''bad nigger'' (greasy skin, greasy hair, loud), Richard was a sexual menace too (faggot in eyeliner; big faggot in stretch pants)"
“There are between 10,000 and 20,000 adolescents on the streets of this city… The most desperate of them eventually land with a thud on the docks, where not even the salt in the air can preserve them.”
“While the name Warhol has come to stand for many things — a masterful artist, a cutting-edge filmmaker, a perceptive social critic — these days in the legal business, it’s come to stand for an estate that’s rife with conflict, confusion, and outright animosity.”
“Greed,” agree most of my friends. “Greed sums up the decade.” I guess I’d add the things that flow out of greed — disease, hunger, and fear — because this is what Reaganomics looked like when it finally arrived in the real world.