By Ray Pride

Paul Thomas Anderson

“Some love stories work out, some don’t. I always like the feeling of, you know… Here’s looking at you, kid. I mean, that doesn’t work out, does it? I can have that feeling sometimes of real joy in sadness. Or that kind of joy that you get from a sad song that’s got you crying your eyes out, that’s just making you feel so deeply. It just kind of overcomes you with—whether it’s melancholy, or just sadness, and it allows you to kind of open the floodgates and to sit in that for three or four minutes in the song. That can be so great. It’s just as therapeutic as hearing an up-tempo dance number that makes you want to jump around the house. I mean, those things can have the same effect. And sometimes it’s nice. I think I’ve always been a sucker for those kinds of things.”
~ Paul Thomas Anderson

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~ Tom Stoppard

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