“Is it possible to do great work without being miserable or insane? Do great artists need messy lives?
I know it’s a cliche question, it’s a cliche idea, but it is what it is.
Tortured lives. Do we need them?
Don’t know the answer. I ask myself the question all the time. Not necessarily because I could stop it. But I do know what’s great about being a creative person or an artist as opposed to an accountant, I mean if you’re an artistic person, whether that’s a writer or painter or stand up comic or poet, whatever it is, that the worst shit you go through is just fodder, it’s just material, it’s fuel for your creativity. It’s some weird gift.
If you’re an accountant, it just makes you blow your brains out.”