So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
I said, ‘gold.’
And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
‘The King of Sweden.’
‘Why did he give this to you?’
‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’
It’s hard to know, because in Silicon Valley today, money has lost all meaning and value. It is an abstract construct that can be exchanged for homes and Teslas and handmade selvedge denim jeans flown in from Japan, but nobody really has any idea what constitutes “a lot” anymore.
We learn something. We are mortal. You might say you know this but you don’t.
I’m not sure that at 15 I had the abandon or the indomitable sense of myself that you seem to need in order to look at this wild water and think, I will glide on top of those waves…When I left Maui that afternoon, my plane circled over Ho’okipa, and I wanted to believe I could still see them down there and always would see them down there, snapping back and forth across the waves.
When they were pulling the train off of me, I was totally conscious and, at one point, you know when you’re on the train, and the train stops for a while, and the people are like [grumbling sounds]? I could hear people doing that in the train cars. And so I was shouting, “I’m sorry I fucked up your dayyy! I’m sorry I made you late for work!” and people were cracking up.
Non-Stop is like a hamburger that would’ve been fine as just meat on a bun. But the accumulation of fixings starts to blow your mind. There’s mustard and cheese and mushrooms and jalapeños? Are you kidding me?
On top of all that, he’s a pretty big nerd about coffee, loves to design audio systems, and still drags actual records around when he DJs. (“Real records?” “Yes.” “Like ACTUAL records? Not, like, controller records or whatever?” “Yes. Records. The kind with music on them.” “Woah!” “It’s not a big deal.” “No, i was just looking at that car! WOAH!!” “Oh. Right. See you later.” “Yeah, man. see you.”)
From James Murphy’s bio, on the page for his cool idea about making the NYC Subway system more pleasant.