In Bullet Absentia
Avernal Pumpkin Head the all purpose gossamer failure genuflecting in the wind: I am an American by birth, an atheist by choice, and a drowning man by design. I walked the plank between good and evil. I’m not an alien sex fiend but a paunchy pirate in bullet absentia from the wind and the rains—and the blueprints for plate tectonics and monster mechanics of the spherical planetoids. I can’t agree to disagree—I’d rather shoot you in the Id. I need your longing. I long for your need. I trap a shadow of your patina—a pity in the putty of pubescent pentacles and pugnaciousness. Your pulchritude is pungent—and somehow plangent simulateously. I’ll elaborate on the footnotes. Please call at three.
“Well, I suppose the thing that most helped me in my early days of trying to figure things out was not being driven by the need to succeed. And it maybe just came out of the era and the proximity to the punk scene, but I really didn’t give a shit. I wasn’t afraid of failing … I just didn’t seem to care, when I launched into something, whether it was going to succeed or fail—and the lack of fear of failure is a great tool. It’s a great aid. It helps one move forward if one doesn’t care if one falls flat on one’s face.”
— Danny Elfman / The Creative Independent interview