Saul Williams Does France

Saul Williams Does France

The poet-actor-rockstar dishes on parenting as an ex-pat, race and record contracts

Miles Marshall Lewis

by Miles Marshall Lewis, April 05, 2012

Saul Williams Does France

Poet, performer, and pioneer Saul Williams

But it had something to do with love and ambition. And L.A. is an ambitious town, and this is more like a city of love. And I’ve realized that I needed to kind of feed myself.

I missed city living, but I didn’t really miss living in New York. And so the idea of moving to a city was really exciting to me, and taking the métro, all that. I missed all those things in L.A. Walking! And so when I first got here, that’s what my social life consisted of. Just getting lost, and then getting a bike and getting more lost. That’s what I’ve been doing. Now it’s cold, so now I’m indoors.

EBONY: Do you have encouraging words for Americans who want to live out loud a little more, or maybe leave their comfort zones in the U.S.?

SW: There’s this, I think it’s an Oscar Wilde quote, and I know I’m gonna misquote it so I’ll paraphrase. He says something like, “If you aren’t living above your means, then you ain’t livin’.” [laughter] The decisions I make are not really based on money. They’re based on how I would like to experience and navigate through this life. And I kind of put that and love and honesty first, and trust that everything else will follow.

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