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Mar 19, 2016, 10:49AM

We Have to Eat When We Can Each Day

A 1980 High Times interview with the late activist/fugitive Abbie Hoffman vs a 1996 Film Comment interview with director Jean-Luc Godard.

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Abbie Hoffman: There were a series of changes and great confusion and agony, the crack-ups on the run I describe.

Jean-Luc Godard: Yes. That’s right. But it was utopian because we were too young to see what was really going on.

Hoffman: "Your little peaceful scene that you built here, your home, is going to be destroyed." It’s time.

Godard: Inside, I’m very much in communication with a lot of people and things who absolutely don’t know I’m in communication with them. [Chuckles]

Hoffman: For all I know that's happened already. 


Godard: The only thing we can do from time to time is to be modest enough to honor this power once more.

Hoffman: Yes, of course. It's a beneficial stimulant if used correctly.

Godard: We have to eat when we can each day.

Hoffman: You think 17-year olds give a shit? 

Godard: Oh, completely.


Hoffman: How did you feel when your mother opened the bathroom door while you were masturbating?

Godard: There was a fight.

Hoffman: You can't exhale forever. Did you ever try to do that?

Godard: No. It has to have something to do with me, but I don’t know what exactly. 

Hoffman: Everyone is such an egomaniac under capitalism. 


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