"Write a poem tonight. Make it as good as you possibly can. Four, six or eight lines. Make it as good as you can. Don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it to anybody. When you’re satisfied it’s as good as you can make it, tear it up in small pieces and scatter those pieces between widely separated trash receptacles and you will find out you have received your full reward for having done it."
"I realized something this morning at the Museum of Modern Art, where they were having a press reception before the opening of their Dada show. Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and all those guys started making these very strange works of art after the First World War. Duchamp famously signed a urinal “R. Mutt.” Anyway, I saw that urinal this morning and I realized that’s what Joe and I are doing — Dada. Dada was the artists’ response to the senselessness of the First World War. Who wants to make a picture of noble human beings? Joe and I are practicing Dada now. They were protesting the meaninglessness in life."
Kurt Vonnegut (on producing art with Joe Petro)
The Melancholia of Everything Completed
“Stop Smiling” interview with Kurt Vonnegut, from 2006. That’s where I just found the photo of Kurt in his little yellow chair (get in my life, little yellow chair!) and the interview has some great gems from Kurt. It also features him talking about his life in a way that seems less cynical and self-deprecating than his usual autobiographical talks. Somehow that appeals to me- it feels like I’m getting the real story.
Anyway, you guys should read the interview. Quotes are forthcoming. Enjoy!