There is always something of the writer in the work but I don't think Melville had to be swallowed by a whale to write a great novel. If I had lived the lives of all the characters of the songs I've written, that would truly be an extraordinary story.
2001In the DailyTelegraph, 20 Oct.
Everybody hurts sometimes Everybody criesMichael Stipe
We don't get groupies.We get teenagers who want to read us their poetry.Michael Stipe
Rufus might sing with that beautiful voice, and the entire world seems to melt and stop; but it's his hair, after all, that I'm jealous of.Michael Stipe
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