"In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Other than the boring details of film financing, licensing, etc. I hunt — in the forest of interesting ideas. I love to be in the world and to just go hunting.”
"Do you give money to panhandlers?
As Walt Whitman advised, I always try to help people out on the street a little. Especially musicians — I consider them to be the magical people among us.
What’s your drink?
Water. The greatest drink on our planet is a clear, cool glass of water.”
"What’s your favorite medication?
I’m not really into medications. I’d rather read a book.
What is the best thing in or about your apartment?
Art and things friends have given me — then my books, music, DVDs, and musical instruments.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on the subway?
Very young and dangerous-looking gang members communicating only with sign language.
When was the last time you stayed out past 3 a.m.?
I guess late last year when Mick Jones and Paul Simonon were in town promoting the release of the Clash box set.
Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
The old one. More Lou Reed, less Walt Disney.
What do you think of Mayor de Blasio?
I am suspicious of all politicians, especially those who get elected.
What do you hate most about living in New York?
The noise level is getting to me, and the traffic, and everyone’s endless quest for money is a real drag.
If you could banish one person from New York forever, who would it be?
New York is a free port — no one should be banished. U.S. out of NYC!”
"Where do you go to be alone?
I go into the woods in the Catskills looking for animals and mushrooms.”
Sir Jarmusch | NYMAG