Nevertheless, she persisted.

 © The New York Historical Society/Getty Images | The Statue of Liberty, 1898


All he wanted to do was... sleep.

 © Mike Piscitelli - Sam Shepard, 2013

And for the first time, he wished he were far away. Lost in a deep, vast country where nobody knew him. Somewhere without language, or streets. He dreamed about this place without knowing its name. And when he woke up, he was on fire.

Sam Shepard, in Paris,Texas


 © Mike Piscitelli - Sam Shepard, 2013

"We were having one of those desert heat waves that summer where it would sit and swelter around a hundred and twelve at midnight for days on end. No rain. And this was in the time before air-conditioning was even thought of. The hills were all black and smoky from wildfires and when you breathed in you could taste the ash on the back of your tongue. At night I would have dreams where the clouds would just ignite into flames. Anyway, I don’t know why it was that I suddenly had this little spell of not knowing what to call things." 

Sam Shepard, in Four Days - Majesty: (Highway 101 South), 2009