From a apprenticeship under Pauline Kael:
"Regarding Hollywood, she would say,’Never underestimate how much those in power resent those with talent -- talent being the one thing they can’t buy for themselves. But they never tire of fucking with it. that’s their talent.’”
Upon the zeitgeistification of CBGB, after revisiting it some twenty-something years after the fact...
“The Jungian analyst and author James Hillman once observed that some cultural moments and institutions exert an afterlife hold on the imagination through the anecdotes and incidents that accrue into a corral reef of true myth -- or, as he put it in three little words, ‘all that lore.’ All that lore in what CBGBs compelled long after it became a raucous shell, and what has kept the myth of the Algonquin Round Table alive, no matter how mid-range the achievements of Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, and Robert Benchley appear today. ...Same for the Beats -- they were a self-aware, self-promoting lore syndicate whose exploits still inspire hipster doofuses today, at least those who foreswear irony. Lore is publicity that lasts long after there’s nothing left to publicize.”