|Jerzy Kosinksi, author of The Painted Bird and Being There|
"The only moment of true freedom I ever had was in the airplane suspended between the two great collective societies."
BTW It occurs to me that the Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni) character in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love may be patterned on Kosinski's character Chauncey Gardiner (Peter Sellers) in Being There. Both are nobodies who are thought to be wonderfully wise because - why? They have nothing to say? They offend no one? They have no identity of their own and so we see a reflection of ourselves in them?
Kosinski implies such a person is the ideal politician. Allen, I rather think, is saying media celebrities have no souls.