In South Africa, success never presented..

In South Africa, success never presented the problems that it presents in New York. In New York, if you happen to be the flavor of the month, a lot of nonsense comes with it into your life.

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If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing.
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Central
Concern
Issues
Novel
Publishing
South
South africa
Which
Worth
Wrote
You
I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.
Africa
Contribution
Creative
Different
Each
Envision
Great
Groups
Making
Many
Nation
Own
Peaceful
Pride
Do you think that the people of South Africa, or anywhere on the continent of Africa, or India, or Pakistan are longing to be kicked around all over again?
Africa
Again
Anywhere
Around
Continent
India
Kicked
Longing
Over
Pakistan
People
South
South africa
Think
I think all of my writing life led up to the writing of 'The Train Driver' because it deals with my own inherited blindness and guilt and all of what being a white South African in South Africa during those apartheid years meant.
Africa
African
Apartheid
Because
Being
Blindness
Deals
Driver
Guilt
I think
Inherited
Led
Life
Meant
Obviously when it comes to the question of telling stories about other people's lives in a situation as political as South Africa, you get to be political.
About
Africa
Get
Lives
Obviously
Other
People
Political
Question
Situation
South
South africa
Stories
Telling
All of my life had been spent in the shadow of apartheid. And when South Africa went through its extraordinary change in 1994, it was like having spent a lifetime in a boxing ring with an opponent and suddenly finding yourself in that boxing ring with nobody else and realising you've to take the gloves off and get out, and reinvent yourself.
Africa
Apartheid
Been
Boxing
Change
Else
Extraordinary
Finding
Finding yourself
Get
Gloves
Had
Having
Life
For most of my writing life, I've refused to allow myself to believe that writing was a significant form of action. I always felt very uneasy about the fact that all I did was write in a situation as desperate as apartheid South Africa. Whether I was correct or not is a different issue.
About
Action
Africa
Allow
Always
Apartheid
Believe
Correct
Desperate
Did
Different
Fact
Felt
Form
Without white South Africa realizing what it had done - and on the basis of that realization having the courage to ask for forgiveness - there can really be no significant movement.
Africa
Ask
Basis
Courage
Done
Forgiveness
Had
Having
Movement
Realization
Realizing
Really
Significant
South
For you in the West to hear the phrase 'All men are created equal' is to draw a yawn. For us, it's a miracle. We're starting out at rock bottom, man. But South Africa does have soul.
Africa
Bottom
Created
Does
Draw
Equal
Hear
Man
Men
Miracle
Out
Phrase
Rock
Soul
What I quickly discovered is that our so-called new South Africa has as much material for a story-teller as the old one. The landscape hasn't really changed. Who is in power now is different to who was in power then, but the squatter camps grow like cancer, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
Africa
Camps
Cancer
Changed
Different
Discovered
Get
Grow
Landscape
Like
Material
Much
New
Now
The reason I'm in San Diego is not because I want distance from South Africa but because I want proximity to the people I love. But I don't envy growing up in America. As ugly as aspects of it were, my biggest blessing was to be born a South African.
Africa
African
America
Aspects
Because
Biggest
Blessing
Born
Diego
Distance
Envy
Growing
Growing up
I love
Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence.
About
Africa
African
Brought
Freedom
He
His
His way
Honor
Jail
Mandela
Nelson
Nelson mandela
Nonviolence
I'd rather live my life off screen and give only a certain amount of energy to the work.
Amount
Certain
Energy
Give
Life
Live
My Life
Off
Only
Rather
Screen
Work
My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn't commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn't go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish.
Always
Because
Been
Being
Career
Commit
Family
Given
Go
Has-Been
Just
Life
Marriage
More
Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
Glass
Life
Nobody
Other
Side
Watching
Whole
Your
I did not have a happy family life a few years ago. I was divorced, and I was very alienated from my daughter, and I was out there cutting every ribbon and running around New York hosting events for different causes to supplant my loss because I didn't have a family to go home to. Now I don't want to be Mr. Show Business anymore.
Alienated
Anymore
Around
Because
Business
Causes
Cutting
Daughter
Did
Different
Divorced
Events
Every
Family
My whole life is classical now. Except my wife. I don't have a classical wife. I have a classy wife, but I don't have a classical wife.
Classical
Classy
Except
Life
Now
Whole
Wife
Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
Elsewhere
Generally
Happens
Life
Something
Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Amount
Answering
Fundamental
Judging
Life
Living
Philosophy
Question
Whether
Worth
Worth Living
Only when a man's life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
Dare
End
Happy
Him
Life
Man
Only
Pronounce
Prosperity
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
Continue
Die
Knew
Life
Our
Ourselves
Perfectly
Personality
Shape
Should
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
Brings
Good
Life
Live
Pains
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
Big
Big City
City
Desert
Life
Means
Nowadays
Only
Our
Remedy
Society
Suggest
Within
Would
I'd somehow always thought of the classics of literature as something apart from me, something to do with academic life and not something you enjoyed.
Academic
Always
Apart
Classics
Enjoyed
Life
Literature
Me
Somehow
Something
Thought
You
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Anarchy
Beneath
Despot
Excellence
Given
God
Lies
Life
Middle
Neither
Nor
Praise
Should
You
Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
Box
Key
Life
Like
Looking
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Being
Combination
Dumb
Life
Super
Unpredictable
You
Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women.
Access
Also
Attack
Both
Breaking
Compulsory
Direct
Existence
Indirect
Lesbian
Life
Male
Rejection
Right
I know some people who live this much more insulated life in Los Angeles, where their feet never touch public ground. They walk out of their bathroom, their living room, they get into their garage, their car, and the next thing you know, they're at the valet parking of the restaurant or the store or the office. They're in a bubble the whole time.
Angeles
Bathroom
Bubble
Car
Feet
Garage
Get
Ground
Know
Life
Live
Living
Living Room
Los
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Be Happy
Consists
Continue
Happiness
Happy
Life
Live
Looking
Meaning
Meaning Of
Meaning Of Life
Never
Search
Will
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.
Die
Find
God
Life
Live
My Life
Out
Rather
Than
Would
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Avoiding
Being
Combination
Coming
Could
Dumb
Headed
I Wish
Life
Some
Super
Tell
Trick
Unpredictable
My children are the only thing in my life that makes me happy.
Children
Happy
Life
Makes
Me
My Life
Only
The Only Thing
Thing
It's good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully, like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for.
Actually
Audience
Beyond
Communicate
Friends
Good-Bye
Life
Like
Paid
Public
Public Life
Try
Way
Work
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Dies
Goes
Life
Rotten
Soulless
Without
Work
I've had a relatively charmed life. I loved to be out in the city. New York was my town. I've had people come up to me and say, 'You're a great New Yorker. You've given your time and money to so many New York charities. You're a great supporter of the arts. I like some of your movies - and some of your movies suck, actually.'
Actually
Arts
Charities
Charmed
City
Come
Given
Great
Had
Life
Like
Loved
Many
Me
Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.
Always
Been
Conditions
Contrary
Except
Frugality
Life
Me
Much
Myself
Nature
Solitude
Those
Violence
The rules of drama are very much separate from the properties of life. I think that's especially true of Shakespeare.
Drama
I Think
Life
Much
Properties
Rules
Separate
Shakespeare
Think
True
Very
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
Absurdity
Basically
Because
Bottom
Defeat
Gives
Joy
Life
Living
Maybe
More
Only
Our
The Only Thing
It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
Away
Give
Life
Little
Lose
Normal
Order
I haven't changed, but public life has. It used to be you'd go into a restaurant, and the owner would say, 'Do you mind if I take a picture of you and put it on my wall?' Sweet and simple. Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket.
Camera
Changed
Everyone
Go
Life
Mind
Now
Owner
Picture
Pocket
Public
Public Life
Put
Restaurant
The campaign finance scandal in America is the global warming of American political life - with cash substituting for deadly solar radiation.
America
American
Campaign
Campaign Finance
Cash
Deadly
Finance
Global
Global Warming
Life
Political
Political Life
Radiation
Scandal
There is no love of life without despair of life.
Despair
Life
Love
No Love
Without
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Between
Except
Happiness
Harmony
He
Leads
Life
Man
Simple
Life on the planet is born of woman.
Born
Life
Planet
Woman
For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Against
Another
Consists
Despairing
Grandeur
Hoping
Life
Much
Perhaps
Sin
Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.
Accept
Any
Conditions
Does
His
Life
Man
Sells
Soul
Who
This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
Bed
Change
Desire
Every
His
Hospital
Life
Life Is A
Patient
Possessed
Which
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
Closing
Dropped
End
Life
Like
Masks
Masquerade
Party
Years