“Until very recently, the artist was a magician who did his magic in public view but kept himself and his effects a matter of mystery.” —Gore Vidal
Neither smoke nor mirrors play a part
In the great magician’s secret art
Just a cabinet plain
No gamed sword blade or feign of fake sort
I was a magician’s assistant and had to go in the box that they put the swords through, and there’s no trick to it. You literally have to dodge the swords.
“Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him.” —Konstantin Stanislavski
Charlotte was born in a burlesque star’s trunk
On the bump-and-grind road to old Podunk
With the tricks of the trade
Charlotte played backstage
And dreamed her name up in lights from her bunk
“Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.”
“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.” —William Shakespeare
In many mansions, humble and sublime,
dwell beings at once sentient and divine.
“People in big empty places are likely to behave very much as the gods did on Olympus.”
Am I not myself, alighting birdlike from great heights?
“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of
being alive without a sense of identity.”
“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” ―Jean-Luc Godard
The time has come, the Rabbit said,
though he had no watch to mind,
to pass through a hole in time,
into a tenseless paradigm.
“Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.”
Professional actors change characters like changing costumes.
Gifted amateurs do the same, not only in their dreams.
“Reality is a hallucination shared by most sane men.”
Strain the leash or let the dogs out?
“It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.”
Is there gold in the tongue that I hold?
“Be silent, or say something better than silence.”