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And you listen to the music,
—Bread, "Guitar Man"
"Hey man did you
—Starflyer 59, "M23"
"I don't know what it's about. I'm just the drummer. Ask Peter."
—Phil Collins, when asked about the meaning of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"
"Everyone in the world is Christ and they are all crucified."
Michael "Mookie" Terracciano
Suppose you are studying Moby-Dick. Anybody with any common sense would say Moby-Dick is a big white whale, since the characters in the book refer to it as a big white whale roughly eleven thousand times. So in your paper, you say Moby-Dick is actually the Republic of Ireland. Your professor, who is sick to death of reading papers and never liked Moby-Dick anyway, will think you are enormously creative.
—Dave Barry, "College Admissions"
It's possible to read too much into this shit.
Oh no! They take it too far.
—Lemon Demon, "Being a Rock Star"
This game - discovering feelings that writers didn't know they had on the basis of things they didn't say - is great fun, and anyone can play it. (There's is a bit-part player in "Prince Caspian" called Mrs Prizzle. Well then, the fact that Lewis chose this name proves that he had an unconscious desire to spank women using the penis of a bull. See how easy it is?)
—Lipstick on My Scholar, by Andrew Rilstone
You know, I always thought that your short hair was somehow symbolic of your character growth
No. That's not how English class works. What we CAN do is pretend the book is a towering riddle of symbology designed to obfuscate a central theme so simplistic that it can be expressed in a single paragraph during a one-hour midterm.
Every fiction should have a moral; and, what is more to the purpose, the critics have discovered that every fiction has. (...) In short, it has been shown that no man can sit down to write without a very profound design. Thus to authors in general much trouble is spared. A novelist, for example, need have no care of his moral. It is there--that is to say, it is somewhere--and the moral and the critics can take care of themselves. When the proper time arrives, all that the gentleman intended, and all that he did not intend, will be brought to light, in the "Dial," or the "Down-Easter," together with all that he ought to have intended, and the rest that he clearly meant to intend:--so that it will all come very straight in the end.
—Edgar Allan Poe, Never Bet the Devil Your Head