April 2014

* Critics



"Journalists are like whores; as high as their ideals may be, they still have to resort to tricks to make money."

(Pierce Thorne)

aulos

"The Shaman finds himself within the community very much like a spiritual plumber. The person who was best at talking to the spirits, perhaps because he or she was a bit crazy, a bit detached, would have been the shaman. They would not have been masters of a secret craft, they would have simply been dipsensing their information throughout the community."
(Alan Moore, The Role of the Shaman)

E-Burt
(electronic B. Reynolds)


"For a long time, if you were seeing a psychiatrist, you were thought of as being a wacko. But because of good ol' Dr. Phil, people know we need to talk to someone who just sits there and is nonjudgmental and says, "Do you think it's a good idea not to have a bowel movement for three months?" Because a lot of stuff gets clogged up there, and you gotta get some of it out. And getting it out is painful, and you can bleed."

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"I can tell a young person where the mines are, but he's probably going to have to step on them anyway."

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If you go to an actor's house, there's a picture of the actor and other actors. If you go to a producer's house, there are Picassos. I think I'll be a producer.

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"Your bullshit detector gets better with time."

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"I've had to reinvent myself four or five times. And I'm now working on the most challenging reinvention: survivor."

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"Bankruptcy? It's not pleasant. There are some people who look at you like you've got leprosy and their bank account might drop if they touch you."

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I hate prejudice of any kind, whether it be color or sexual preference. I don't give a shit if you had a goat. If it's a happy goat, and you're happy, I'm happy for you. However, I may not want to have dinner with the both of you.

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Nowadays, instead of saying, "He's a prick," I'll say, "He's complicated."

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"The stupidest thing I ever did was turn down Terms of Endearment to do Cannonball Run II."


(Burt Reynolds)

Selfish Gene
(ghost of Siskel)

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"What do you know for sure?" This profound question is one that Gene Siskel often asked his guests before signing off on an interview. His quest for knowledge and drive to understand the human spirit was something that made him more than a journalist. Siskel knew that this one question - a mere six words in length - would force his guests to expose the inner workings of their mind and that it would evoke an un-scripted and passionate response from even the most frigid and guarded celebrity."
(cmgww.com, on Gene Siskel)


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"The only actor who I think probably might have possibly taken a swing at me if he could have would be Burt Reynolds. He used to call Roger and me the Bruise Brothers, out of Chicago. In fact, Cannonball Run II. I used to pick that as the worst movie ever made."
(Gene Siskel)


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"I've since done a lot of thinking about what's certain, what's real, what's true. And Gene Siskel's question has inspired me to ask it of many others. Sometimes people (like me that first time) are caught off guard. But usually-as you'll see here-they rally with thoughtful and profound responses that reveal the essence of who they are."
(Oprah Winfrey)


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"If, in some universe, the late Gene Siskel were to ask me What do you know for sure? and I were to answer him honestly, I would have had to say: Not much. And if I really had my wits about me, I might add, Gene [because I would be on a first-name basis with him], certainty is an overrated illusion. Knowing too much for sure makes us rigid, closed-minded and arrogant. I would sum it all up for Gene Siskel by saying What I know for sure is that I don't know much for sure, and that a spirit of unknowing makes room in my life for the mysteries, the mercies, and the surprises of God."
(Oprah Winfrey)







"You think you know it, but you always find out new stuff."
(Gene Siskel)