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"

One of the causes of unhappiness among intellectuals in the present day is that so many of them, especially those whose skill is literary, find no opportunity for the independent exercise of their talents, but have to hire themselves out to rich corporations directed by Philistines, who insist upon their producing what they themselves regard as pernicious nonsense...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.

Gene was terrified that the studio would try and take the show away from him, so we ended up with this bizarre circumstance that Gene was so afraid of losing his show that he gave control away to his lawyer and he didnít trust me or Dorothy Fontana after. That was the part that hurt Dorothy and I the most, is that Gene stopped trusting us and started treating us as the enemy....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'... I get offered a really nice deal over at Columbia. So I tell Gene I want take the deal at Columbia and to please not renew my contract. He and I part pretending to be amicable and a week later my agent calls me and says 'why are people saying you got fired from Star Trek?'

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.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #406 was J.M. DeMatteis's last issue as writer. I think he grew increasingly weary of the weekly cross-title continuity, and never getting the chance to tell his own stories — stories in which he alone could do the beginning, the middle and the end. This couldn't have been an easy decision for J.M. to make, because I know how much he liked Ben Reilly and how excited he was about the clone saga from the very start. But I think he just reached the breaking point, and I can't say I really blame him. 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 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

Jim Cornette: I've loved this shit all my life. They've taken the art out of it, they've taken all the fuckin' fun out of it, and they've taken the money out of it.
Alice: The only thing that people can be happy about anymore, I guess, is these tiny indie promotions that dot the land that are trying to maintain the old-school vibe, weekend warriors—
Corny: Yeah, and here's the problem!: None of them were around for the old-school, so they don't know what the "old-school" vibe was! They don't know how to do this shit!
Alice: Well, it's an artist's rendering, then. (chuckles)
Corny: It's an artist's rendering of A BUNCH OF FUCKING SHIT!

ĎI canít believe heís dead. He was the most alive person Iíve ever metÖí I found the Jon Pertwee interview in [Doctor Who Magazine] extremely interesting, especially with regards to his approach to the role in season eleven. 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. To throw in a new assistant must have been tricky especially after his relationship with Katy Manning was so spectacular. And yet somehow (and this is something that he acknowledges with some pride) there is a palpable chemistry between him and Sarah Jane...Away from Sarah is where the problems lie, as 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?

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.

[Gene] Hackman has never specifically pointed at Welcome to Mooseport as the movie that made him retire, but come on. He flat out stopped after this one... The fact that this revelation presumably hit him while working on a completely run-of-the-mill comedy with Ray Romano is the funniest thing about the movie. Picture grumpy old Gene Hackman sitting silently on a set while someone adjusts a picture of his face over the crotch of a nude man (that is an actual scene from the movie). 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