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Koyaanisqatsi

“I’m no preacher but I can tell you this – the lives that people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive.”

Charles Bukowski
Factotum (1975)

GIF from Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

On Gun Control

Ad for toy machine gun, Little Folks Magazine, December 1918

Nobody really believes [the right to bear arms is] about maintaining a militia. It’s about having possession of a tool that makes a person feel powerful nearly to the point of exaltation. …I am not saying that people who love guns inordinately are unstable; I am saying that a gun is the most powerful device there is to accessorize the ego.

Alec Wilkinson
The Dark Presence of Guns
The New Yorker, 24 December 2012

Illustration from Little Folks Magazine, December 1918

Related: The Cultural Fight for Guns
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Against Communication

The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1985)

Directed by Barbet Schroeder

[Before you deplore citing the “genius” of Adolph Hitler and Idi Amin, look the word up in a reliable dictionary. It is a morally neutral term.]

On Honesty

Illustration by Pierre et Gilles: Thierry Mugler as Devil (1992)

It took me a long time to discover that the key thing in acting is honesty. Once you know how to fake that, you’ve got it made.

Actor in Peyton Place,” quoted in Edmund Snow Carpenter’s They Became What They Beheld (1970)

Illustration by Pierre et Gilles: Thierry Mugler as Devil (1992)

Related: Lie to Me