The Big Curmudgeon:
2,500 Outrageously Irreverent Quotations from World-Class Grumps and Cantankerous Commentators
Compiled and edited by Jon Winokur

Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN 978-1579126971
660 pp, paperback, 16 x 14 cm

On pages 350-358 is interview with Frank Zappa - "Drowning in the News Bath". This interview was first published in The Portable Curmudgeon Redux, 1992. Later reprinted in Return of the Portable Curmudgeon and Big Curmudgeon.

Jon Winokur about this interview:

When: Early May of 1991, in two sessions of about six hours (!) each.

How: Sent him a letter requesting interview. Got no reply. Sent indignant second letter which he happened to read (“I don’t read,” he said. “I just happened to look down at your letter and it shamed me into doing the interview.”) Went to the house on Mulholland for dinner and we talked through the night. Went back for follow-ups about ten days later. 

Beside the interview following quotes by FZ appeared in this book:

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. (p 41)

I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy. (p 71)

There will be no nuclear war. There's too much real estate involved. (p 446)

Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read. (p 530)

Some scientist claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. (p 588)

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. (p 648)


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