“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson — she’s probably the top — Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.”—Maurice Sendak on religion and faith. [complete interviews here]
“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”—Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air in 2011. [all interviews with Sendak here]
“It’s happened to me more than once, and my mom says it must be genetic because she has a couple of them in her past too. Our hope is that what it means is that we are a comfortable resting place for a guy who is figuring things out. Our fear is that we turn men gay.”—Lena Dunham (and her mom) have each dated several guys who have turned out to be gay. [full interview here]
“This show isn’t supposed to feel exclusionary. It’s supposed to feel honest, and it’s supposed to feel true to many aspects of my experience. But for me to ignore that criticism and not to take it in would really go against my beliefs and my education in so many things. And I think the liberal-arts student in me really wants to engage in a dialogue about it, but as I learn about engaging with the media, I realize it’s not the same as sitting in a seminar talking things through at Oberlin. Every quote is sort of used and misused and placed and misplaced, and I really wanted to make sure I spoke sensitively to this issue. …”—On today’s Fresh Air, Lena Dunham addresses the criticism Girls has received about a lack of diversity in the cast
“I’m a geek. I’m a writer. I spent all of my time in my childhood obsessing about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. I was alone, I was an outsider, what do you expect? I was that bullied kid at the back of the class weeping for loneliness. I don’t think, generally speaking, people become writers because they were the really good, really cool, attractive kid in class. I’ll be honest. This is our revenge for people who were much better looking and more popular than us. I was a bit like that, I suppose.”—Steven Moffat on his childhood. [complete interview here]
“I was slow to come around to social media. I cover stories, I don’t have time to be tweeting people five times an hour. Besides that I don’t think anybody’s interested where I got my hamburger today at lunch or some other important news bulletin. But I say that only half jokingly because I have found that it is another venue, it’s another pipeline if you will, to people who are interested in news.”—Journalist Dan Rather in a radio interview with NPR member station KETR. (via ericathas)
“One of the big deals that ExxonMobil has announced in the past year involves access to the Russian Arctic, where it is partnered with a Russian firm to access many billions of dollars worth of reserves involving big investments ExxonMobil would make north of the Arctic Circle. Why is that oil accessible? It’s because sea ice is melting in the Arctic. Global warming may, in fact, unlock enormous opportunities for oil companies.”—As ExxonMobil attacked global warming publicly, geologists working within ExxonMobil were examining how a warmer Earth — resulting from global warming — could create new business opportunities for ExxonMobil.
“This not only borrowed from some of the tactics that the tobacco industry had used to delay public understanding of the dangers of smoking, in some cases there were even overlaps of individuals and groups that were engaged in this communications campaign. A lot of corporate America opposed the Kyoto Accords. But only a small set of companies did what Exxon did which was to really go after the science as aggressively as they did.”—On today’s Fresh Air, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C. concerning issues like climate change.
“The Newlyweds is a luscious and intelligent novel that will stick with you. Sometimes wunderkinds like Freudenberger really deserve all the hype and hooplah and, somehow, despite literary sexism and sniping, they manage to keep the wonderfulness coming.”—Maureen Corrigan reviews Nell Freudenberger’s new novel, The Newlyweds.
Where were you when you found out about Osama bin Laden's death?
Tomorrow we’re marking the one year anniversary of the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. We’re talking to Peter Bergen, who produced the first television interview with bin Laden and has a new book out about the lengthy search for bin Laden.
Do you remember how you found out? I actually went to bed really early the night before (so I missed the news) and woke up to see it all over Facebook.