Quotes: Artist Disillusionment

Dying is an art.
Like everything else,
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I have a call.
Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus"

Such work cannot bring any real satisfaction, and in the course of reconciling himself to the doing of it, a man has to make himself so cynical that he can no longer derive whole-hearted satisfaction from anything whatever...Without self-respect genuine happiness is scarcely possible. And the man who is ashamed of his work can hardly achieve self-respect.

And we go through rewrite after rewrite after rewrite and the script doesnít get any better and I see what is going on and I donít want to be trapped in an office where we have hypocrites running the place. I canít deal with this, my health was already starting to suffer. So I started taking vitamins and nothing is getting better and I said 'I canít deal with this hypocrisy'.

You know why my show is good? Because the network officials say you're not smart enough to get what I'm doing, and every day I fight for you. I tell them how smart you are. Turns out, I was wrong. You people are stupid.
Dave Chappelle to a heckling audience

After reading a few thousand emails like the ones above, I seriously contemplated taking down my site and just posting links to animal porn for you retards. You're all idiots, and I've lost what little respect I had for you.
Maddox

I know Marc was really looking forward to the moment when Ben would finally don the Spider-Man suit, and getting the chance to write about the "new" web-slinger, but that pivotal moment just kept getting pushed further and further back, amidst more and more gimmicky crossovers and an overall series direction that was spiraling out of control. So, unfortunately, he left.
—Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on J.M. DeMattesis and The Clone Saga

I just gave up, because they didn't care, and they didn't know what they were doing.
WCW announcer Bobby Heenan

By all accounts he was grieving for the loss of Katy Manning and Roger Delgado, he was working with the knowledge that the role that had made him a household name was soon to come to an end and he was no longer surrounded by comforts such as UNIT and the Brigadier on a regular basis...Pertwee seems to breeze through one scene to the next without a care in the world. Is this really the same Doctor who screamed out in frustration when the world was burning in Inferno?

It's an old story: a visionary director tired of constantly having to justify his mad-prophet vision to buttoned-down bean counters with calculators for hearts so he sets up shop on his own. It's gonna be different, this time, see? This time, the inmates will be Running the Asylum and making mad moolah in the process. Three months later, the now penniless, despondent visionary comes crawling back to his old studio, begging for any job, no matter how dispiriting or humiliating.

The experience was so bad for Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin that theyíve referred to it as 'horrible,' and Hewlett turned down what Wikipedia calls a 'big moneyí offer from Dreamworks for the film rights to Gorillaz rather than lose creative control. But yeah, 'mess' is kind of the word for it.
Matt Wilson and Chris Sims on Tank Girl

It just feels like after his debacle involving Mia Farrow and his underage stepdaughter, (Woody) Allen is perfectly fine by running on cruise control. Whereas before he was always venturing into new territory and breaking new ground, now he says 'fuck it' and is content playing it safe with his drawer ideas. What if a mobster became a playwright? Fuck it, I can stretch that out to 90 minutes and ride things out another year. A Greek tragedy set to banal upper class New Yorkers' petty issues? Fuck it, I donít feel like doing anything meaningful.

Ray Romano comes over, awkwardly displaying his teeth as in every single photo of him that exists, and says in his depressed Kermit voice: 'Are you ready for the scene, Gene?' Hackman slowly turns his head. 'No, Ray. I don't think I am.' He walks off of the set, starts running, and never stops. They have to finish the movie with CGI. (That's how it went in my imagination, anyway.)

We were supposed to feel fooled and betrayed by Kojima. This should be obvious from playing the game and studying its constant themes of layered deception, but history has proven that most people never got the joke or appreciated his sly attempt at making (what matches his own definition of) art. Postmodernism has that effect... If so, then perhaps the universal backlash he received was enough to convince him that games could not be art after all, hence his answer in [an] interview.

Oh, and DDoS people; congratulations. You managed to delay this chapter by a total of six hours. *slow clap*
—Author's Note of chapter 76 of My Family And Other Equestrians, referring to the DDoS attack that hit Fimfiction.Net the day before and caused the chapter to be delayed several hours