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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Portrait of a Relationship

From Drawing Restraint 9From the conclusion of Randy Kennedy's piece in today's NY Times entitled "The Bjork-Barney Enigma Machine":

On the simplest level, Bjork said, she sees this as a nod to a debate she and Mr. Barney have had for years on the nature of creativity.

"Matthew is obsessed with restraint," she said, describing his love of Manhattan as an example. "The idea that you're stuck between all these gigantic skyscrapers is a restraint. And he finds it's a turn-on for him, it excites him."

"I find that really fascinating, because I'm the other way around," she said. "I'm like, put me on the top of a mountain with deer licking my fingers or something, and that's creative to me. That's like heaven."

And you think your relationship is tough to sustain. Imagine how hard it must be for the two of them to find compromises. "OK, I think I can manage to sneak two deer up to the observation deck at Rockefeller Center. Your job is to get a small jar of peanut butter to cover our fingers with. Or do you think deer prefer almond butter?"

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