From Brian Eno

“Something I’ve realized lately, to my shock, is that I am an optimist, in that I think humans are almost infinitely capable of self-change and self-modification, and that we really can build the future that we want if we’re smart about it,” he said. Given Mr. Eno’s characteristically eclectic form of brain gymnastics, the conversation was only partly about his new album, “Drums Between the Bells” (Warp), to be released on Tuesday. Ask Mr. Eno a question — about lyrics, say, or his songwriting process — and an hour later you walk away with an unsummarizable catalog of big ideas on music, history and technology, as well as a reading list to keep you occupied for a month…

“In my normal life I’m a very unadventurous person,” Mr. Eno said. “I take the same walk every day and I eat in the same restaurants, and often eat exactly the same things in the same restaurants. I don’t adventure much except when I’m in the studio, and then I only want to adventure. I cannot bear doing something again, or thinking that I’m doing something again.”

The article is here and for the pointer I thank James Crimmins.


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