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” ‘I guess you have to take a lot of risks to be famous in any field,’ she said, and then, turning around to look at me, she added: ‘For instance, to be an artist.’

She was being so serious, but it was just like a bad movie. I love bad movies. I was starting to remember why I liked Damian.

I guestured toward the gift-wrapped salami that was sticking out of my Pan Am flight bag and said, ‘ Any time you slice a salami, you take a risk.’

‘No, but I mean for an artist-‘

‘An artist!!’ I interrupted. ‘What do you mean, an “artist”? An artist can slice a salami, too! Why do people think artists are special? It’s just another job.’

Damian wouldn’t let me disillusion her. Some people have deep-rooted long-standing art fantasies…

‘But to become a famous artist you had to do something that was “different.” And if it was “different,” then it means you took a risk, because the critics could have said that it was bad instead of good.’

‘In the first place,’ I said, ‘they usually did say it was bad. And in the second place, if you say that artists take “risks,” it’s insulting to the men who landed on D-Day, to stunt men, to baby-sitters, to Evel Knievel, to stepdaughters, to coal miners, and to hitch-hikers, because they’re the ones who really know what “risks” are.’ She didn’t even hear me, she was still thinking about what glamorous ‘risks’ artists take.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“There should be supermarkets that sell things and supermarkets that buy things back, and until that equalizes, there’ll be more waste than there should be. …We all have something, but most of what we have isn’t salable, there’s such a preference today for brand new things. People should be able to sell their old cans, their old chicken bones, their old shampoo bottles, their old magazines. We have to get more organized. People who tell you we’re running out of things are just making the prices go up higher.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“A person can cry or laugh. Always when you’re crying you could be laughing, you have the choice. Crazy people know how to do this best because their minds are loose. So you can take the flexibilty your mind is capable of and make it work for you. You decide what you want to do and how you want to spend your time. Remember, though, that I think I’m missing some chemicals, so it’s easier for me than for a person who has a lot of responsibility chemicals.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work,’ because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.

“When you’re in Sweden and you seee beautiful person after beautiful person after beautiful pereson and you finally don’t even turn around to look beacuse you know the next person you see will be just as beautiful as the one you didn’t bother to turn around to look at – in a place like that you can get so bored that when you see a person who’s not beautiful, they look very beautiful to you because they break the beautiful monotony.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

“Beauties in photographs are different from beauties in person. It must be hard to be a model, because you’d want to be like the photograph of you, and you can’t ever look that way. And so you start to copy the photograph.”

– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)