|INTERVIEWER:||This may sound silly, but what is poetry?|
|GILBERT:||It’s a challenge. It’s boring—sometimes. It’s maddening. It’s impossible. It’s a blessing. The craftsmanship, the difficulty of making a poem—rightly, adequately, newly. If nothing else, it’s wonderful to be that close to magic.|
|INTERVIEWER:||What, other than yourself, is the subject of your poems?|
|GILBERT:||Those I love. Being. Living my life without being diverted into things that people so often get diverted into. Being alive is so extraordinary I don’t know why people limit it to riches, pride, security—all of those things life is built on. People miss so much because they want money and comfort and pride, a house and a job to pay for the house. And they have to get a car. You can’t see anything from a car. It’s moving too fast. People take vacations. That’s their reward—the vacation. Why not the life? Vacations are second-rate. People deprive themselves of so much of their lives—until it’s too late. Though I understand that often you don’t have a choice.|
Mike Mignola on visual references:
You know, I’m constantly looking for visual references. Story-wise, I’ve got all that stuff in my library—but I can never have enough photo references.
On Lovecraftian monster, Victorian fashion & Gothic art.
Tell us more about Hanyut?:
The film is so un-Hollywood. It is ridiculous to see a failed white doctor trying to save Calcutta (In City Of Joy) and a white widow teaching the king of Siam (The King And I). Like one of the character says in the movie ‘what do they (the whites) know about us and this country?’
Human are supposed to forget (and get on with life). The meaning of ‘insan’ (human) in Arabic means “to forget”. If you cannot forget, then you will be damned.
It has taken me 10 years to make Hanyut a reality. I do not want Hanyut to my folly. I do not want Hanyut to pull me down (he hinted he does not want to end up like his lead character Kaspar Almayer where his dreams consumed him and in the end, destroyed him).
Hanyut is a prayer and every prayer has many obstacles. It also came to my realisation that every project takes its own time to become a reality."
|Interviewer:||Do you feel hypocritical playing big gigs?|
|Interviewer:||Because of an arena gig's environmental impact, its carbon footprint?|
|Thom Yorke:||Yep. Absolutely.|
|Interviewer:||So how do you fix that?|
|Thom Yorke:||Fuck knows.|