Barbara Ehrenreich, essayist, Brain, Child (Fall 2000)
'I SPEAK A LOT IN ANALOGIES, and I often use plant analogies and tree analogies because I lived in a tree for two years. My roots are in forest activism, but just like a tree with good solid roots, I can branch out. And because everything in life is interconnected, I believe that all the environmental social justice issues today are connected.'
Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist,blue(April/May 2000)
'WRITERS ARE RESIGNED TO BEING onlookers; some of us actually prefer it that way. I am reasonably comfortable in situations where I am the only white person or the only heterosexual, but I can become irritable and self-conscious when I'm surrounded by adolescents--maybe because I was never black or gay, but I once was young.'
Francis Davis, writer, Atlantic Monthly (Sept. 2000)
'DEEP DOWN . . . I do not like religious people. I find religious people to be petty, sticky, small-minded, prejudiced.'
John Shelby Spong, Episcopal bishop, Freethought Today (Aug. 2000)
'I WAS DRAWN TO POLITICS before I got into punk. I got into politics through my mom, who was a '60s hippie who protested against the government and stuff like that. . . . You get these 16-year-old punk kids who are already burnt out on politics. And they've maybe only been into it a couple of years! They're already like, 'Oh, please, I'm so tired of hearing about Mumia, I just want to skate and drink.' I mean, I like to skate and I like drinking, but there's got to be more to it for me.'
Josh Latshaw, guitarist for BoySetsFire, Punk Planet(July/Aug. 2000)
'WHEN PEOPLE SAY I'm a political songwriter, I think, 'No, I'm not. I'm just an honest songwriter.' '
Billy Bragg, musician,Magnet (Aug./Sept. 2000)
'I'VE HAD SEX WITH a man with a mullet because I was so shocked at the hairdo I found it attractive! I respect the mullet. A mullet worn without irony, and with pride, can be very sexy. But I have to tell you, the one that's the most hideous [mullet] that I respect the most is Billy Ray Cyrus--he's crossed the line into hairdo heaven.'
John Waters, filmmaker, Soma (Aug. 2000)
'VERY EARLY ON . . . I knew the difference between God and religion. My father went to Mass. I would go with him and be very bored, but my ears would prick up when I heard something that rang true. I wouldn't take in everything, but there were phrases that . . . gave me a code for life.'
Sinead O'Connor, newly ordained Latin Tridentine archdeacon,Interview (Aug. 2000)
'WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE I read a book called The Psychoanalytic Foundations of Art. It pointed out that Picasso was always changing and that Chagall essentially didn't change. It really came down to two different personality types. One is calmer--like people I know who are 21 and married for life and are completely happy--and then there are the other people who are restless, always a little bit dissatisfied, a little suspicious and always moving on. I think rather than dividing into men and women, the world actually divides into people who are calm and people who are restless.'
Steve Martin, comedian, BorderCrossings (19:3)
--Compiled by Kelly Harms, Brendan Kramp, and Sanhita SinhaRoy