On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people.
In America, for a brief time, people who followed Coltrane were studied and considered important, but it didn’t last long. The result is that the kind of music I played in the ’60’s is completely dismissed in this country as a wrong turn, a suicidal effort.
I believe that this is a different war than America has ever fought in the past. It is a non-conventional war. It means that you’ve got to use every tool you’ve got available to you.
I don’t think that people in America are really given enough information about the Third World.
Over the next few years the boardrooms of America are going to light up with hot flashes.
I’ve always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.
I was born in London in 1919. I first went to America in 1946 for a three-month holiday. Then I came back, worked here for almost a year sold up my home and went back on immigration in 1947.
We don’t have a laugh track, which helped Seinfeld a lot, and did kind of tell people when to laugh. It just made it a lot easier. Our show doesn’t have that, so it’s hard for Middle America to catch on.
In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.
The promise of America is one immigration policy for all who seek to enter our shores, whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada, there must be one set of rules for everybody. We cannot welcome those to come and then try and act as though any culture will not be respected or treated inferior. We cannot look at the Latino community and preach “one language.” No one gave them an English test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America.
It is important to remember that some of the most serious thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible with the cultures of Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia.
America wants its respect.
I made, over the years in Cambridge, several very good American friends, and America appeared to me, a land of promise in every sense of that word, a land of freedom from the inhibitions and restrictions that I felt in England.