You may scoff, but these words are why this is so important to me.
Philip Glass speaks at the World Science Festival, 2011
The blurb from their website - “When talking about geniuses, the conversation inevitably strays towards topics of eccentricity, or even madness. One needs only to look at the lives of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, or to mathematician John Nash (pictured)—whose battle with paranoid schizophrenia was made famous in the film A Beautiful Mind—as examples of the thin line between brilliance and insanity. But is there really anything to this idea of the “tortured genius”? Or is it just a romanticized notion exaggerated by film and literature? Philip Glass and Julie Taymor respond to striking data presented by Dean Keith Simonton, a psychologist who has studied the nature of genius for decades.”
Check out the video of their conversation here
|—||Philip Glass shattering his idea of an artist’s life in The Daily Beast|
(A woman with love
just as easily
for carrying groceries
or her own hands.
Women are are not flowers,
no one is the sun.)
Actually, Yolande Moreau’s character Madeleine says this in the film Amélie… but I still rather like the poem ;)
From “Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts”
I have a friend, uh, who’s a writer. And he says that his writing is the antidote to the chaos of the world around him. I think, uh, that’s a good description. He retreats into that world. That becomes more important to him than the world he sees. Uh, I suppose, uh, some people might not think that’s such a great thing but he thinks it is. It’s all real, it’s just what you choose to establish as the core of your being. He makes the core of his life - oh, an act of imagination. Is it escape or is it liberation? I don’t know. You tell me, I don’t know, I have no idea, I don’t know anything about these things. For him, that person, um, writing - is a, um - it’s a reso - resolution of his life. It - it - it makes his life solid and real. Without, without that the world would overwhelm him with its chaos. So is it escape to become sane? Or - or is the insanity of the world - so which is the escape? I don’t know.
read more: Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/philip-glass-quotes-0109#ixzz1VEcaPFYN
I’ve blogged excerpts from this interview with Philip Glass before… it’s certainly one of the most interesting ones I’ve read!
|—||Philip Glass in Newser|
|—||Philip Glass, from Esquire Magazine, 9 January, 2009.|
“You practice and you get better. It’s very simple.”
|—||Philip Glass on why he sometimes doesn’t put specific metronome markings on his scores. Spoken during a 2010 masterclass at Louisiana State University|
|—||Philip Glass interviewed in the Chicago Tribune, way back in 1997. Read the rest of the interview here.|