I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.
My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
Working with my dad was such a gas. We approached the work in a similar way. We only made two films together when I was an adult, Tucker, and Blown Away, but it was so much fun to play with your parent like that.
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
And, you know, you try and preach to them there’s more to this game than just walking up to home plate, swinging the bat, fielding a ground ball. There’s some dedication in it, some love you’ve got to put into this work.
The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
Close your bodily eye, that you may see your picture first with the eye of the spirit. Then bring to light what you have seen in the darkness, that its effect may work back, from without to within.
Golf is good, it means I get some fresh air and exercise, take my mind off work and see some of the landscape of the place I’m visiting.
So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.
What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life.