Poets have said, with great justice, that the only reason to write a poem is that you can’t not write it. And many have also said that it is the non-commercial aspect of poetry that gives it its special integrity. It’s also probably one reason why there is so much jealousy among poets.
The reason there’s so much squabbling in academia is that there is so little at stake.
2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7. Laugh at your own jokes.
8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
“For a richer, fuller life, READ.”
Lovely vintage PSA for National Library Week circa 1961, a fine complement to these vintage literacy posters from the WPA.
Dos posturas para encarar el sentido de la vida: Qué quiere de mí la vida, y qué quiero yo de la vida.
Cuando las circunstancias han podido con uno, no queda otra que preguntarse qué quiere la vida de mí, qué puedo hacer, ¿sirvo para algo?
Y cuando uno está con proyectos, debe mandar el qué quiero yo de la vida. — "La edad no debe ser un pretexto para hacerse viejo"
¿Cómo se cultiva la imaginación? Si te sientas frente al televisor y permites que todo te llegue, la imaginación no está estimulada, pero si apagas la tele la imaginación se enciende. Hoy la vida es tan fácil que no tenemos que usar la imaginación ni tampoco el cuerpo. — Theo Jansen:
Work/life balance is a silly question, just as work/food balance or work/breathing balance is. It’s not really up to you after a point.
Instead of sneaking around the edges, it might pay to cut your hours in half but take the intellectual risks and do the emotional labor you’re capable of. — Seth’s Blog: Time doesn’t scale
(Source: sweetdreamsandsilverlinings, via femmeforward)
whenever you are faced with a choice between liberty and security, choose liberty. Otherwise you will end up with neither.
People who sell their souls for the promise of a secure job and a secure salary are spat out as soon as they become dispensable. The more loyal to an institution you are, the more exploitable, and ultimately expendable, you become. — George Monbiot – Career advice
How we perceive our environment is shaped by the mere presence of a tool in hand. The maxim says: “To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail.”
So what does the world look like when you hold your cellphone?
The humanities are like the great old Paris Flea Market where, amidst masses of junk, people with a good eye found cast away treasures…They are like a refugee camp where all the geniuses driven out of their jobs and countries by unfriendly regimes are idling. — Allan Bloom (via zentaku)
sleep disorders, now numbering 75, to the $30-billion sleep-medication market — The secret to a good night’s sleep - The Interview - Macleans.ca
Magritte’s 1928, “The Lovers.”
(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)