My good pal Leonardo Buscemi is the man. Buy his cd and his read his nonsensical goodness below:
What is the source of creativity? Is it bad hygiene? Should an artist refuse to shower and change his clothes until he starts stinking outside the socks? Perhaps, in just such a way, the ninety-percent perspiration causes the ten-percent inspiration, but it is not likely. However, if you, like me, are always trying to breathe life into dead clichés, don't be discouraged. Just remember that some things are better left undead. I think the connection between creativity and clichés may be more profound than most people would believe. Imagine how, of the vast number of possible ideas floating around in the lake of firing synapses inside your head, there must be a raging torrent of thoughts, sentences, phrases and words that are all fighting to be the lucky one who escapes through the narrow funnel of your mouth, or pen, or keyboard, into the world of realized and communicated thought. In that torrent of sentences and phrases, clichés are the most despicable bullies of them all. Taking advantage of our intellectual laziness, they gather their strength from our habitual use of them, and effectively destroy our creativity by bullying their way into our conversations and internal monologues, thereby keeping our creative ideas from ever having a chance to be expressed. So, next time you are tempted to cop out and utter some stupid cliché that will keep you from thinking a truly creative thought, look to the fight at the end of the funnel.