Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Water and Feathers Out the Window of a Moving Car

In a recent interview with Amanda Petrusich, Tom Waits shared these entries from his notebook:

"In Los Angeles, it's illegal for a man to beat his wife unless he's on the courthouse steps. In Tulsa, it's against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. In Texas, the Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains the formula for making home brew. In Claradon, Texas, it's illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster. In Washington, it's illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag. There are only two things you can throw out the window of a moving car, legally. Do you know what they are?"

Petrusich: "Um..."

Waits: "Water. And feathers. Everything else you can get in trouble for."

The interview, in its entirety, can be found here.

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