"Human existence is a brutal experience to me...it's
a brutal, meaningless experience--an agonizing, meaningless experience
with some oases, delight, some charm and peace, but these are just
small oases. Overall, it is a brutal, brutal, terrible experience, and
so it's what can you do to alleviate the agony of the human condition,
the human predicament? That is what interests me the most. ... I have said this
before in a facetious way, but it is not so facetious: I am a whiner. I
do get a certain amount of solace from whining."
, in an interview with Rev. Robert E. Lauder in the Catholic magazine Commonweal
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