Arthur Miller

  • Jan. 21st, 2011 at 2:24 PM
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There is nothing new in art except talent.

Arthur Miller

  • Oct. 29th, 2010 at 12:12 AM
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I wish I had a routine for writing. I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and I write. And then I tear it up! That’s the routine, really. Then, occasionally, something sticks. And then I follow that. The only image I can think of is a man walking around with an iron rod in his hand during a lightning storm.

Arthur Miller

  • Sep. 12th, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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...all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.

Arthur Miller

  • Jul. 22nd, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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I cannot write anything that I understand too well. If I know what something means to me, if I have already come to the end of it as an experience, I can't write it because it seems a twice-told tale. I have to astonish myself, and that of course is a very costly way of going about things, because you can go up a dead end and discover that it's beyond your capacity to discover some organism underneath your feeling, and you're left simply with a formless feeling which is not itself art. It is inexpressible and one must leave it until it is hardened and becomes something that has form and has some possibility of being communicated. It might take a year or two or three or four to emerge.

Arthur Miller

  • Jun. 29th, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.


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