"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"When the Metropolitan Opera wanted me to do an opera, I spent a long time trying to find one that seemed appropriate. They suggested Shostakovich. I said yes to Shostakovich, but that the first prize for me would be his opera, The Nose."