Mar. 26, 2013

1. Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.

2. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.

3. In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.

4.Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.

5. As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.

6. I think I’m constantly in a state of adjustment.

7. In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen – a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children – I learned a lot.

8. Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.

9. Good news doesn’t necessarily have to be a positive thing. Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man.

10. Artists are traditionally resistant to labels.

11. I always enjoyed doing transgender songs.

12. I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf.

13. I want to be around a really long time. I want to be a thorn in the side of everything as long as possible.

14. My mother answers all my fan mail.

15. My sunglasses are like my guitar.

16. The issue of gender was never my biggest concern; my biggest concern was doing good work. When the feminist movement really got going, I wasn’t an active part of it because I was more concerned with my own mental pursuits.

17. To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.

18. A lot of children don’t have a developed aesthetic. I did. I made early choices in life, even about cloth; I liked flannel and not polyester.

19. A lot of my audience are in their 50s. But they want me to pretend to continue to be pretending.

20. All I’ve ever wanted, since I was a child, was to do something wonderful.

21. Americans just don’t know what being a movie star’s all about.

22. An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God.

23. An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn’t know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch.

24. As an artist, I used to think that my responsibility was to do good work. But I had to learn from the ’70s on that being a public figure presents another aspect of responsibility.

25. Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.

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