“We are promised very long hours and low wages. And stale bread. That’s pretty much it. It’s this crazy thing where you’re asked to come and work a lot, and you lose money on the job, because you wind up spending more in tips than you ever earn. But you get to see the world, and see Wes live this wonderful, magical life, where his dreamscape comes true. So, if we show up, he gets to have all his fun, and I guess it’s because we like him that we go along with this.”
"Willem Dafoe said this production was like the ‘actor’s retirement home.’ We had this small hotel in Görlitz, a town on the border of Poland and Germany, and it was all us — there were no other people in it. We walked over to Poland one night, but it was closed, so we were all just in this hotel. The hotel was also our restaurant, and where we’d do prep and makeup. So you’d come down for breakfast and then on the other side of the lobby was makeup and hair. So you’d say, ‘Excuse me, hold on a sec, I’m gonna go get another croissant.’ And then you’d march back over, all the time in your slippers and a robe, like a bunch of old men dying in a hotel."
"[W]ith Wes, specifically, all his props and sets are so perfect, you just have to relax and be part of the chemical process. It’s almost like the developing of a photograph. If you’re in the midst of it, you’re a part of it — this picture that he’s made. You’re like the flower in the still life."
Bill Murray on working w/ Wes
“Which is more dangerous: kids driving drunk or kids driving stoned?”
"Kids driving while texting.”
Tom Brokaw lays it down for David Letterman
"Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital. The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared. Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds. There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble. Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them. One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.”
Thank you, frenchchairs.
“If India alone enrolled 1% more of its girls to secondary school, their GDP would rise by 5.5 Billion.”