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October 5, 2012 | by

Something method, obviously.

Via The Nifty Fifties

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  1. Joe Carlson | October 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    “I used to read an awful lot. Then I found that I had a lot of information and very little knowledge. I couldn’t learn from reading. I was doing something else by reading, just filling up this hopper full of information, but it was undigested information. I used to think the more intelligence you had, the more knowledge you had, but it’s not true. Look at Bill Buckley; he uses his intelligence to further his own prejudices.

    “Why one reads is important. If it’s just for escape, that’s all right, it’s like taking junk, it’s meaningless. It’s kind of an insult to yourself. Like modern conversation – it’s used to keep people away from one another, because people don’t feel assaulted by conversation so much as silence. People have to make conversation in order to fill up this void. Void is terrifying to most people. We can’t have a direct confrontation with somebody in silence – because what you’re really having is a full and more meaningful confrontation.”

    MARLON BRANDO
    Playboy, 1979

  2. Jorn Barger | October 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    He’s reading a biography of Krishnamurti by Carlo Suares:
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CdvgLqeAzGo/TelJ3fiAQSI/AAAAAAAADlo/iJzxLhN68XY/s1600/1932.jpg

  3. miles p. | October 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    thanks to joe carlson for that great brando excerpt.

  4. Jon Hopwood | October 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Brando was dyslexic. I wonder if that explains part of his character. Dyslexics, reportedly, are not open to subliminal seduction in the media.

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