My mother never put an emphasis on looks. She let us grow up on our own time line. She never forced any beauty regimen into my world.
A dramatic thing the first time you stand up to your dad.
The difficulties we face originate from one of three sources. Some are sent to us by the Lord to test our faith others are the result of Satan’s attacks and still others are due to our own sinful choices.
Architecture is the learned game correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light.
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.
Faith and doubt both are needed – not as antagonists but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.
I like playing music because it’s a good living and I get satisfaction from it. But I can’t feed my family with satisfaction.
I’ve worked as a labourer driven taxis and school buses and been a car mechanic – whatever I could do just to get by. But it does mean that I know a little bit about a lot of things.
Over the next four years we will be bold. We will be willing to experiment. We will not fear failure.
If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing because you have that space.
I have a cycle that is not particularly cool but it’s a cycle: trash myself to reward myself.
I talked about my family my family’s so important.
Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly nobody was trying to do anything with it. So I was all alone. I didn’t know that at first.
You cannot learn anything from success you only learn from failure.
‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible and perhaps altogether unseen.
I had to do this very aggressive big score in a very short time and knowing that in the beginning middle and end would be this very very famous theme but I still had to weave a score around it and make it work as a score was really challenging.
I realized that I loved using computers to create something but being an architect just wasn’t going to keep me interested. The idea of a life spent obsessing over bathroom details for an Upper East Side penthouse was pretty depressing.
People were being so mean as a result of my ability – a gift really. So I think that’s what makes me fight harder to provide an option to aspiring kids or artists. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I went through… to see a little girl or a little dancer experience such unnecessary rejection.
The first time I rode a bike I was four or five. I crashed into the back of a car.
Without this spirit Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism I use architecture to reconcile the two.
IN April 1882 my father died and I was at once whirled out of my land of dreams into a very different sphere.
Old age: the crown of life our play’s last act.
None of my actions have ever sort of been motored by the search for a husband or wondering if I was going to have a family someday or wanting to live in a really great house or thinking it would be really great to have a diamond.
Nothing they design ever gets in the way of a work of art.
I like to find the beauty in the ugly. When I’m in a thrift store I gravitate toward pieces I know I’ll wear a ton and insane pieces that I’m sure most people would consider gross. But I find them inspiring. Our van is currently stocked with some of my random findings from this tour. Maybe I’ll call my aesthetic ‘van fashion.’