Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be really similar in their vulgar and prurient and stupid interests and wildly different in their refined and moral and intelligent interests.

The U.S. generation born after 1950 is the first for whom television was something to be lived with instead of just looked at.

Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.

What all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.

If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.

An ad that pretends to be art is -- at absolute best -- like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what's sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill's real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill.

I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

Why not? Why not?Why not not, then, if the best reasoning you can contrive is why not?

In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.