With your feet in the air and your head on the ground.
— Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
The strong poet peers into the mirror of his fallen precursor and beholds neither the precursor nor himself but a Gnostic double, the dark otherness or antithesis that both he and the precursor longed to be, yet feared to become.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety Of Influence
In some measure, we have attributed to the art or artifacts of all time the qualities of our own: that its purpose is to be contemplated, and its main qualities can be apprehended visually.
— Susan Vogel, “Always True to the Object, in Our Fashion”
The illustration is a constructed thing.
— Nicole Elder
You are more likely to address a problem that you have found or even invented.
— Wayne C. Booth, The Craft of Research
Did I tell you a story about the parking lot?
— Woman on NJ Transit train
And you sleep out every night.
— Harry McClintock, "Big Rock Candy Mountain"
Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity.
— Ulysses Everett McGill, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Inherently interpretive endeavor.
— Nicole Elder
We don’t know why this genealogy stays.
— M.Arch. Student Juror
Desire precedes everything we do, right?
— Thom Mayne in conversation with Leebeus Woods, “Talking with Thom Mayne”
There are certain stories that begin in earnest only when they seem to reach an end.
— Alan Feuer, "The Secret Life of a Society Maven,“ The New York Times
Sat down helpless before a mechanical sequence.
— Henry Adams via The Tower and the Bridge
It’s an occupation that prolongs one’s life.
— Carlos Fuentes, Carlos Fuentes, Universal Writer
The champion of all Western liars.
— J. Frank Dobie via The Life And Adventures of James P. Beckwourth: Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians
It’s still in the wall.
— Caroline Cassells Harris
To really absorb as much as she could.
— Chika Okeke-Agulu
It’s like a printer, it really doesn’t care.
— Sigrid Adriaenssens
Smithson argued for the equally positive value of each moment of the artistic process - a value that, if granted, would make it impossible to isolate the artistic process from the art object.
— Jennifer Roberts, Mirror Travels: Robert Smithson and History
Maybe you only live there for 10 minutes, but you live there.
— Lebbeus Woods via “Ever the Visionary, Lebbeus Woods Gets Real”