Talking Stick: Great Quotes from Utne Reader's Library

Quoted wisdom and whimsy gleaned from the Utne Reader library


| March-April 2000


NOBODY SHOULD BE INTERESTED in the price one has to pay to work with extraordinary people. The film is the only thing that matters. —Werner Herzog, director, Cineaste (Winter 1999)

WHEN I FIRST PLAYED IN A BAND, I realized that this was it for me. To be able to get the feeling one gets when it all clicks, when the music is right, and then to get paid for it. I thought, “Why should I go to law school if I can make a living like this?”  —Amy Sharpe, banjo player, Offbeat (Oct. 1999)

I DON’T BELIEVE IN CHARITY; I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating. It goes from top to bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people. —Eduardo Galeano, writer, The Progressive (July 1999)

THERE’S ACTUALLY A TECHNIQUE of giving really long, boring answers so that, by the time politicians are done with their long, boring answers, the interviewer has no idea whether they’ve answered the question or not. You’re there wondering, “What am I going to have for dinner tonight?” —Terry Gross, radio host, Bitch (Jan. 2000)



ONCE MY MOTHER hitchhiked barefoot, as usual, with me to the market. A man approached us in the dairy aisle and tried to sweet talk me to get to her. At the ripe old age of 2, I already knew enough to sense something was energetically ick about the whole shabooh. I am reported to have announced, “Fuck off, pervert.” —Moon Zappa, daughter of rock star Frank Zappa, Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture (Seal Press, 1999)

TREMENDOUSLY SELF-ABSORBED yet also astonishingly lacking in self-awareness, white America still knows itself best at its borders: when we are at war, maintaining trade barriers to cheap foreign imports, or raising fences against illegal immigrants. —Michele Wucker, author, Tikkun (Jan.-Feb. 2000)














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