66) You know, I think that these people who go about helping other people, those people ... they are a curse.
Jiddu Khrishnamurti, the "World Teacher" quoted by David Reid in "The Possessed" in Sex, Death and God in L.A. (1992) David Reid, editor
67) Rack's Rules [of movie producer "Rack Rookstein"]:
Work out, stay loose. You are the movies you make.
Forget about rules already. Make up your own, or else play by some other guy's.
Power is no accident. It depends on total freedom.
No one does anything to anyone. What people get is what they really want. Give it to them.
All you learn from stories is who has the power.
Don't get scripted on what you're going to say. Let your instinct fit your words to the moment you say them. Remember whatever's best to remember at the time you remember it. Your relations then take place entirely in the present. Be here now, as Leary said.
In a business deal, everything is negotiable, nothing is personal.
Every ego wants all it can get. All egos are equal. The difference between people comes out when someone is honest enough to admit it - and to act on what he knows.
Everything relates to sex, even sex itself.
Look everyone in the eye. That way, what you say is always the truth.
Sex is a natural human activity, which should never be restricted in any way. Again, the difference between people lies in who is honest about it.
He who pays has power. To be treated is a sign of vassalage, or, in modern terms, a constraint on freedom.
Openness in sex and privacy in money feel right because they are both forms of power. Each permits maximum freedom and leverage for those who can conceive of and afford such things. The only exception to the money rule is the selected announcement of profits, about which one always lies, so as to keep control.
The expression of sincere feeling is intimacy in action. Repressions leads to hostility, distrust, confusion, and death. Repression is the sure sign of a loser, the last thing you'd want to pass on to a child.
To be disturbed by anything is to be a loser.
Laughter is a form of social tribute.
One-on-one conversation is a gift wherein the more powerful person permits the less powerful person to try a number on him. To continue the same number in public is an attempt to force a favor into an obligation. Social position is earned only by success, one can't charm or impress one's way into it. After all, that too is nothing personal.
You can't love anybody until you love yourself.
The people who get real power in L.A. are happy people - much happier than you are. They lead peaceful, constructive lives, inventing in every generation new ways of loving America. That's what the movies are all about. That too, that too. Power from movies is no coincidence. It is exactly as it should be.
Jeremy Larner "Rack's Rules: The Mechanics of Morals in Movieland" in Sex, Death and God in L.A. (1992) David Reid, editor
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 878 days remaining in the administration of the worst President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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