A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyone’s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyone’s opinions, threats, wishes, plans, or “welfare.” Such a mind may be hampered by others, it may be silenced, proscribed, imprisoned, or destroyed; it cannot be forced; a gun is not an argument.
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Amuse yourself. I think when we’re in school and when we’re learning to get our skills down […] it’s easy to lose sight, in all of that, of how important it is to amuse ourselves. I think it is just not said enough. […] It is essential to just be in it for yourself; to do the things that interest you; to do things that amuse yourself; you should be doing that first and foremost and not as a trivial afterthought if you fall into the right job; you should be there for your own fun. Doing that is not being flaky or being irresponsible or being childish; doing it is taking you the first step to making your work special and memorable and important and worthwhile and before anything is going to get inside a reader or a viewer or a listener and just stick in their gut it’s got to stick in your gut first…I would argue that going out and getting those moments that are specifically amusing to you personally…more accurately depicts the world. Because most reporting, by neglecting all of that, accidentally makes the world seem smaller and darker and duller than it really is.
Ira Glass, 2012 Commencement speech at The Times Center for CUNY Grad School of Journalism.

“If you hold back on the emotions - if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them - you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, “All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.”
Mitch Albom. Couldn’t agree more.

The Good reveals to us our evil. The Truth reveals to us our ignorance. The Beautiful reveals to us our mediocrity… Kill relevance, seek transcendence.
Bad Catholic, Patheos


Don’t compare your love story to those you watch in movies. They’re written by scriptwriters, yours is written by God.


Don’t compare your love story to those you watch in movies. They’re written by scriptwriters, yours is written by God.


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But Confucius has answered them with the final whistle, it’s all over. Germany, having trounced England’s famous midfield trio of Bentham, Locke and Hobbes in the semi-final, have been beaten by the odd goal.

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from 99u.com: James Victore

from 99u.com: James Victore

Why do I want to be a creative?

Because it feels right. Some people look at a degree in communications and see it as a waste of a lot of money. Others think that it’s not a real field of study or even a real degree. And I often find myself agreeing with them, dissing myself and beating myself up over my inability to study something legitimate, tangible, and reliable, instead of basically taking four years to gear up for a career that revolves around harnessing the most elusive, fleeting bits of thought and applying them to an increasingly time-crunched, Darwinian world. But here’s the problem: I refuse to spend the rest of my life like Jack Donaghey, looking down from my stable, lucrative “business” job and recurrently envying the creatives who have crappy pay and often produce junk, but sometimes, just sometimes, make a product they’re really proud of, on a genuine human level. This product is them. And it’s real. People say “shit just got real.” This is what I mean. It’s the real human experience. And it shows up in the opus of a creative.

Look at Jack, a HBS-educated business mogul. Despite his economic accomplishments, he’s always most proud when he is talking about his creative “innoventions.” His lines on the show are never wasted by talking about quarterly earnings or other CEO stuff- his character is most elated by his creative ideas.

Creative work is gambling with varying degrees of really bad odds at a table that keeps switching games on you. But the payout is so huge that its worth it. And it forces you, as a person, to maintain a life that allows you to create. I see this as an advantage. In today’s industry, good work isn’t enough. If your work lacks the human spark, that special thing that is ever so elusive, it shows. And in our HD American society, people see that. And they’re not convinced. And they’re distracted from your message. And they don’t buy your product, whether it’s an ideology, a consumer good, or you as an individual. If you lack that spark, people know.

I want to utilize my creativity, my essence, what makes me unique: instead of just getting really good at math and science. I want to learn a little bit about a lot of things – not a ton about very specific scientific ideas. My dad was a PhD chemist – I don’t want to do that type of work.

You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colours people wear. It is a big surprise falling in love because you thought you had everything just right on your own planet, and that was true, in a way, but then somebody signalled to you across space and the only way you could visit was to take a giant jump. Away you go, falling into someone else’s orbit and after a while you might decide to pull your two planets together and call it home. And you can bring your dog. Or your cat. Your goldfish, hamster, collection of stones, all your odd socks. (The ones you lost, including the holes, are on the new planet you found.)

And you can bring your friends to visit. And read your favourite stories to each other. And the falling was really the big jump that you had to make to be with someone you don’t want to be without. That’s it.

PS You have to be brave.

Author Jeanette Winterson answering an elementary school child’s question: “How do we fall in love?” I love it when smart people try to explain stuff to kids. The raw simplicity is beautiful. The lowest common denominator, the end result. No room for BS- kids see right through that. Or perhaps, they stop seeing the concept clearly when its BSed. This is why I watch tutorials for beginners about skills I already know but want to understand better. Because in order to make something really simple, you have to really really understand it first.

How To Write

Pin pages to the wall and examine them with binoculars

Truman Capote wrote lying down, as did Marcel Proust, Mark Twain and Woody Allen.

Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Fernando Pessoa and George Sand all wrote standing up.

Roth also “walks half a mile for every page”.

Roald Dahl wrote in a shed.

Philip Pullman used to write in a shed, but eventually gave it to an illustrator friend.

Umberto Eco has a converted church as his scriptorium. One floor has a computer, one has a typewriter, one in which he writes long-hand.

Haruki Murakami commutes into a city apartment in Tokyo where he writes.

After the publication of Joe Gould’s Secret, Joseph Mitchell came to the office at the The New Yorker magazine almost every day for the next thirty-two years without filing another word.

Dashiell Hammett published nothing after he was 39 - he felt he was repeating himself but never managed to find a new style he felt was good enough.

Ray Bradbury wrote an early version on Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on a rented typewriter in the UCLA library basement.

Will Self uses a wall of Post-It notes to plan and structure his writing.

Elmore Leonard writes on yellow legal pads.

Michel Faber corrected the first manuscript of The Crimson Petal and the White with house paint because he couldn’t afford Tipp-Ex.

Gustav Hasford was a serial hoarder of very overdue library books, and had 10,000 of them in storage lockers.

Don DeLillo types each paragraph onto its own sheet of paper, so that he might concentrate better.

Gay Talese would pin pages of his writing to a wall and examine them from the other side of the room with binoculars.

Jonathan Safran Foer has a collection of blank sheets of paper.

Cormac McCarthy said that his perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper.

Ethan Canin copied John Cheever paragraphs out to learn what made the man’s writing tick.

Anthony Trollope required of himself two hundred and fifty words every quarter of an hour.

J.G. Ballard, a fan of discipline in writing, prepared very long outlines and aimed for 1,000 words a day.

Walter Benjamin advocated delaying writing an idea as long as possible, so that it would be more maturely developed.

Richard Ford and his wife shot a book by Alice Hoffman, after she had given his book Independence Day an unfavourable review.


What I’ve been learning over the course of my life is that diagnoses exist to help get people services they need— but there’s no such thing as mental illness. We’re all mentally ill and we’re all haunted by something, and some people manage to find a way to ride it out so that they don’t wind up needing extra help. So I think that ‘mental illness,’ as a term, is garbage. Everybody is in various states of needing to transcend something. I believe in mental health care, but when we call people ‘crazy,’ we exclude them from our circle. That’s bogus— you’re in the same boat as they are! Maybe some people are better at pretending they don’t harbor all kinds of issues, but, really, everyone has them.
The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle talks to Larry Fitzmaurice about his new album, Transcendental Youth, which details the lives of people diagnosed with mental illness.

Same with ADHD

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I’ve tried this out here- it’s actually really nice to just disconnect from everything you’ve always been known for. 

I’ve tried this out here- it’s actually really nice to just disconnect from everything you’ve always been known for. 

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