To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
To me, I guess, it just sums up the addiction of addiction, kind of the guilty pleasure in being addicted to something. I never really write about one thing in particular, so, I mean, it can be about a girl, or it can be about alcohol. It's just basically the guilty pleasure in enjoying addiction, trying to get away from wanting to be addicted to something, yet still feeling comfortable with it.
And regardless of the fact that in this country, certainly in the arts, we treat comedy as a second-class citizen, I've never thought of it that way. I've always thought it to be important. The last time I looked, the Greeks were holding up two masks. I've always thought of it not only as having equal value, but as the craft of it, being funny.
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.