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David Antin

I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
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It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth - or a character in somebody else's novel.
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I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
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My mother turned into a professional widow. She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer; she thought I should be a chicken farmer.
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When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
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I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then. I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt. Or maybe even Newton.
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Stories are different every time you tell them - they allow so many possible narratives.
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A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
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For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
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I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
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I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
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I'm standing up thinking. Anybody who wants to listen is welcome. If not, I'm happy to see them go.
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My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it.
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There is probably no oral society that fails to mark the spatial distinction of left and right, peculiar as this distinction may be.
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You pay your money, you take your choice. I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels.
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I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember.
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I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
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I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus.
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The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
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The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
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I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.
David Antin men
Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying.
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From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
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I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
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I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even common jokes as part of what I'm doing. I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out.
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Ive always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
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