“The building got so hot that it started to melt the roof. The roof started to rise like a marshmallow bubble and if that roof had actually been breached, we would have had an accident of catastrophic effect, something along the lines of Chernobyl, in the Denver area and beyond.”—In 1969, there was a fire at the Rocky Flats nuclear plant in Denver. It was the costliest industrial accident to ever occur in the United States.
“My parents just didn’t like me. Till I was 9, my mother was trying to get an abortion. That sticks with you. That hurts. She said to her doctor, ‘Is there any possible way to get rid of this thing?’”—Joan Rivers. [full interview here]
“When it’s a young boy, [and they say] ‘Yes sir, no sir’ that’s okay. But when they say, ‘Young lady’ or ‘How’s my girlfriend?’ [it] means you are old and disgusting and ‘I wouldn’t screw you for anything in the world.’ I get so angry. Or when they say, ‘You know, even though you’re 79, I’d still do you.’ And you want to say, ‘You know, you may be 40, I wouldn’t touch you if you were the last man on Earth.’ How dare you, you disgusting person, would think I would want to go near you.”—Joan Rivers on language. [full interview here]
“For five hundred dollars, I’ll write for Hitler. Five hundred dollars when you’re starving and you’ve got a car payment due? Here’s what I’m saying: ‘You go through any door that opens.’ In the beginning, you go through the doors. You don’t know which is going to be the one.”—Why Joan Rivers takes every gig offered to her. [full interview here]
“It’s lack that gives us inspiration. It’s not fullness. Not ever having driven, I can write better about automobiles than the people who drive them. I have a distance here. … Space travel is another good example. I’m never going to go to Mars but I’ve helped inspire, thank goodness, the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars. So it’s always a lack that causes you to write that type of story.”—Ray Bradbury.
I am trying to find the Rhett Miller interview with Terry Gross from a couple of years ago, but cannot seem to locate it in your archives. Any assistance in finding this interview would be much appreciated. Sharon
“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or, “I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore …” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”—Ray Bradbury [Bradbury on Fresh Air]
“People come from Wall Street and go into government and then leave government and go back into Wall Street. When you have this kind of revolving door, it’s not just that their interests are not well-aligned with the public; it’s that their mindset is captured by the industry from which they come. They see their interest — the interest of Wall Street — as if it were in the public interest.”—Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on lobbying. [full interview here]
“The nature of our growth today is markedly different than in the decades after World War II. There we had shared prosperity. More recently, what we’ve had is exactly the opposite. … Right now, most Americans are worse off than they were 15 years ago. There has not been shared prosperity.”—Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that widely unequal societies don’t function effectively or have stable economies and that even the rich will pay a steep price if economic inequalities continue to worsen.