Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.
Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser:
“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.”
Henry Miller also disdained overworking:
“I’ve found that it isn’t necessary to work that much. It’s bad, in fact. You drain the reservoir.”
Below is an excerpt from John Irving’s 1978 novel The World According to Garp:
Garp threw away his second novel and began a second novel. Unlike Alice, Garp was a real writer—not because he wrote more beautifully than she wrote but because he knew what every artist should know: as Garp put it, “You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”Even if these…
Everyone is a critic
Not everyone is an artist but everyone is a fucking critic. Marcel Duchamp, French-American painter, sculptor, and writer
The ultimate lesson games give is not about gratification and reward, nor about media and technology, nor about art and design. It is a lesson about modesty, attention, and care. Play cultivates humility, for it requires us to treat things as they…
Three Worlds by M.C. Escher
We adore chaos because we love to produce order. Three worlds (1955), lithograph by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher
Little bets are a way to explore and develop new possibilities. Specifically, a little bet is a low-risk action taken to discover, develop, and test an idea.
Peter Sims, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
All believing is betting. But the only way to know if something sticks is to throw it out there.
Your action doesn’t have to be perfect nor…
“Art is an attitude. Seizing new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map — these are works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer, or work with others all day long.”
Seth Godin, Icarus Deception
art via @nikitaliskov
Today, the mobile phone makes everyone a photographer. But how many people can create what they actually visualize in their head?
For Ansel Adams, what he saw in front of him was different than what he pictured in his mind’s eye. So he created the ‘zone system,’ allowing him to play with the aperture to achieve different…