Your new album in part critiques the Iraq war. Do you think that art can still impact the conversation when it comes to politics?
I don't think politics can impact politics. No matter what we do, it doesn't impact anything. I feel like it's unfurling in a way that it can't stop, no matter what you say. Do I think art can change the world? When I have that question in my mind, I think of Bob Dylan, who wrote songs about losers; he romanticized losers. I think he created empathy. How much do you care about other people, or do you just not care about them at all? To me, that's politics.
-- The always irrepressible Laurie Anderson, in an L.A. Times interview