“I’ll watch a genius do anything. I’ll watch my friend Andy use Photoshop to erase color impurities on the same image for an hour because he sees things I don’t see. I’ll watch him until I see that he sees them. It’s like opening a gift. Or the original meaning of ‘apocalypse’: the lifting of the veil.”
“Radiohead has evolved into a band of arrangers. They start with an idea — usually some chords, a melody and some kind of a speed — and figure out how to orchestrate it. Recording a song by playing it together in a room has become just one of several options they can pursue while recording: a setting on the machine that is Radiohead.”
I like this view of the creativity process: taking bits and pieces of not-fully-formed ideas and arranging them into something bigger. Sort of related to the idea of creativity is just connecting things.
“The value of a media product does not come from being fast. It comes from being timeless”
“But I can’t help wondering what we might have said if we hadn’t been stopped. Maybe we were just around the corner from something thrilling. Isn’t that the nature of a live conversation? It halts, it stutters, it doubles back, it soars. We might have found a small nugget, something off topic or unexpected”
I couldn’t believe it when I read the article last week that the Y would be offering refunds because Steve Martin and Deborah Solomon spent the majority of the interview talking about art. It made me mad, to be honest. Martin’s latest novel is a journey into the art world. Ms. Solomon has written extensively about various artists. Art seems like the logical topic. I felt the entire situation was handled poorly and showed tremendous disrespect for both Martin and Solomon.
I enjoy Steve Martin’s response and think it’s thoughtful and eloquent. I want to read his book soon.