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A flower doesn't love you or hate you, it just exists. ---->>>

I think there are certain ways that people are always themselves, but I do think people change. ---->>>

There's a victory in letting go of your expectations. ---->>>

I can be really annoying, but I also feel like I'm a nice person. ---->>>

There are life lessons that can be derived from reality television. ---->>>

Yeah, it's disturbing when someone has no self-awareness. ---->>>

To me, I definitely stand in the corner of wanting to give voice to the bullied, and not the bully. ---->>>

To me, this is from a Buddhist perspective or whatever, sometimes people who are working out their political beliefs, they can rage against the man, and yet at the same time can be oblivious to their own way of stepping on the foot of the person right next to them. ---->>>

My whole life I've been a seeker, searching for something. ---->>>

I used to go online all the time, and then I had to stop myself... because I'm a writer, and it's like: to have a procrastination tool, like, within my computer... it was just getting too hairy. ---->>>

What I find frustrating about scripted television is that it's rare that you are surprised by how you feel about the character, or how you feel about the show. ---->>>

You feel a little weird, as a writer of scripted television for many years, to say you're a fan of reality TV. You feel like a traitor. But I am a total fan. ---->>>

I have had moments where I've had mental-health issues and I've felt like yoga and meditating and reading these Buddhist self-help books actually really help. ---->>>

My first job was with 'Dawson's Creek' where everybody looked good and they spoke better than you. It was kind of a wish fulfillment, fantasy-type show. ---->>>

I started out writing when I was young; stuff about exposing the truth about how people are not what they appear, about how they are much more dysfunctional than they seem. Pulling back the curtain - that felt smart. But as I got older, exposing how frail people can be seems less and less deep. ---->>>

I think I'm more of an absurdist than a satirist. I think I'm more of a - humanist? I hate to say it! ---->>>

From my experience, meditating can bring up the most stressful thoughts. ---->>>

'Girls' is a huge show, as far as buzz, and magazine covers, and getting a ton of copy, and awards. And yet I don't think the viewership is huge. ---->>>

I don't even give my scripts to friends because I just feel it's, like, I don't need one more set of opinions. ---->>>

I grew up in a religious family, and we weren't allowed to listen to rock music. ---->>>

I think movie sets can often be stressful, and people take themselves very seriously. ---->>>

I'm attracted to polarizing characters who upend the civility of life. ---->>>

It's always interesting to challenge yourself to say, 'Is this the best you can do?' ---->>>

My impulse is to create an aesthetic that's about a humanistic approach to a world and trying to create compassion for all the characters. ---->>>

The purpose of making people feel uncomfortable is to play with their preconceptions. ---->>>

You can come to a political position from an emotional place. ---->>>

You want to work with people who you like and have an easy rapport with. ---->>>

There's something very touching to me about someone almost communicating to themselves in some way - trying to come to some deeper understanding of yourself and having compassion for yourself. ---->>>

As an actor and a writer, the anxiety about doing TV is that you start to feel like you get married to one tone or one kind of idea and you feel like you want to be able to express a lot of different things. ---->>>

The things that drive me crazy are coming from this place of people suffering because of people polluting into rivers or whatever. It's not simply just about systems; it's an emotional reaction to seeing animals or people suffering. ---->>>

I think living in our culture right now, there's a universal experience where we feel like we become what we do. Sometimes that's rewarding and sometimes that creates an existential crisis. ---->>>

People kind of stumble their way through life a lot of times. ---->>>

As you get older, you realize just figuring out how to be nice to the people in your personal sphere is almost more challenging than trying to change the bigger culture. ---->>>

Production for movies or TV is very painstaking and slow. ---->>>

There's something magical about Oaxaca and the vibe of the people. ---->>>

You come to a point where you realize your work doesn't save you. ---->>>

As a director or writer, you have to be so controlling. ---->>>

I believe, in general, that even people that are self-pitying, you can feel for them. ---->>>

I do idiosyncratic dramedies. ---->>>

I don't feel the breath of a thousand people over my shoulder. ---->>>

I feel like I know how to write plot. ---->>>

I guess I'm trying to write stuff that I, as a viewer, would connect to. ---->>>

I started as a writer; I started writing when I was little. The acting and directing was an outgrowth of my desire to tell stories. ---->>>

I still think of Heaven as a liberal-arts school. ---->>>

I used to have a road-rage issue. ---->>>

I want to have compassion for my characters - I feel like I am the characters when I'm writing them. ---->>>

I'm a weird guy. I'm practically albino. What about me isn't weird? ---->>>

It's fun as a creator to make something that allows multiple interpretations. ---->>>

It's fun when you create a world to inhabit it and see the other characters from grounds eye view. ---->>>

Most of the shows I've worked on have aired three times and are in the dustbin of history. ---->>>

My favorite thing is being able to follow my inspiration, and the freedom of being a writer is hard to beat. ---->>>

People sometimes seem surprised because often, you know, you know, there's a lot of tortured characters in the stuff I write. ---->>>

To be perfectly honest, I'm competitive. ---->>>

I remember I grew up in Pasadena in a very, kind of, homogeneous, kind of, suburban existence and then I went to college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. And there were all these, kind of, hipster New York kids who were so-called 'cultured' and had so much, you know, like knew all the references and, like, already had their look down. ---->>>

You watch stuff like 'The Real Housewives' and you start to think, 'We're all so vacuous! Is there any nobility to any of these people?' But then you look out into the world, and there are people who are doing cool stuff with their lives. ---->>>

I find as a viewer, when I go to see comedies, the strain to be funny throughout the whole thing. I start to lose my sense of reality, and it ends up feeling like an empty experience; there's funny stuff in it but I've lost the emotional connection to the characters because it's just so bananas. ---->>>

I just think there are certain men who feel like engaging in a story told from a female point of view is somehow a feminizing experience. And that itself is something that they're almost supposed to not want to engage. ---->>>

I'm not looking to be the King of Comedy, or the King of Hollywood. I just want to be able to keep making stuff that I'm into and have the opportunity to challenge myself with, wearing different hats. ---->>>

If I have a male protagonist, it's a studio movie, and if it's a female protagonist, it's an indie movie. That's just how it is. It's not about the studios. It's about America and who goes to see movies. Women are interested in men and women, and men aren't interested in the woman's story. They just aren't. ---->>>

Sometimes when you write something on the page, it can seem very funny, but when you act it out - and this happens to me a lot, actually - the melancholy of the situation becomes more front and center. ---->>>


Born: 06-28, 1970
Occupation: Writer