You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work.
— Dorthe Nors in What Great Artists Need: Solitude
- Isaac: Someone holds the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’?
- Dan: They’re representatives of Patty and Mildred Hill.
- Isaac: Took two people to write that song?
— From an episode of Sports Night
I have the same reaction whenever a musician is exposed for using ghostwriters.
It took seven years from the time I wrote Mad Men until it finally got on the screen. I lived every day with that script as if it were going to happen tomorrow. That’s the faith you have to have.
— Matthew Weiner in an excerpt from Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal
“When I wrote the pilot of Mad Men, I was saying, I’m already successful, why am I not happy?”