“ ‘Naked Lunch,’ ‘The Lost Weekend,’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ were written at the Chelsea. So was a lot of Beat poetry… Andy Warhol made ‘Chelsea Girls’ there. The woman who shot him, Valerie Solanas, lived there while he was shooting. So did Viva… Rock flowered there, and punk decays.”
"It is the texture, the atmosphere, the ideals, the notions of 'camp' which currently determines middle-class taste, directs its signs, and seems to nourish its simple-minded eagerness to grind the idea of 'alienation' into yet another hopelessly ironic cliche"