Hello. I’m Jacob Sam-La Rose. I write. I perform. I devise and facilitate projects for schools and other institutions, emerging poets, teachers, literature professionals and other creatives. I also geek for creative digital tech. I exist in a few different places online— this site serves as an aggregator, an overview of the various different strands of my web-based activity. The content you see here is drawn from:
- Jacobsamlarose.com (due to be rebooted soon)
- Miscellany (my personal blog)
- Forthen&Evermore (my photoblog)
- Twitter (text messages to the world)
If any of the above sparks your interest, don’t be shy in saying hello (mail at jacobsamlarose dot com).
“What bothers me the most is that further down this road, almost all aspects of our life will limit…”
- The Knowledge Disconnection Downfall — Life Learning — Medium
“For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear…”
- Fred Brooks, The Design of Design (via ubuwaits)
- Yearning for Praxis: Writing and Teaching Our Way Out of Oppression
Happy days. Just got to see Femi Martin and Paula Varjack scratch their shows: ‘How to Die of a Broken Heart’ and 'Show Me The Money’ respectively. If you weren’t here in the audience, you missed something. I mean you REALLY missed something. Socio-economic commentary, critique on the way society values art and culture + ideopathy and the value of a love worth dying for— all in one evening. Eyes open for the future developments. For more info, see: @femimartin @paulavarjack (at Battersea Arts Centre)
“Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited…”
- Richard Saul Wurman on Charles Eames, The Architect and the Painter (Frank Chimero quoted this on a slide in his talk last night. Added to my ever-expanding “not knowing” tag)
“I say this a lot, but technology is what we make of it. Language is a form of technology, a pen is a…”
- Into the future with YACHT’s Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt — Hopes&Fears
Richard Serra, “Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself” [1967-1968] (via UBUWEB)
- John Saddington LIVE Chat on Product Hunt
- Reading poetry is not only about reading poetry. Its alleged hermetic stylizations of syntax and diction can enhance your awareness of the world, even those things that don’t deal directly in words. A dress, a building, a night sky—all involve systems of pattern-recognition and extrapolation.
- Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies - The Atlantic
“I could go on—about the way I modulate narrative spikes and emotional valleys, about the arrangement…”
“It wouldn’t be any fun otherwise.” Yes. Resonates with recent thinking on the relationship between intent and discovery in making, particularly writing.
National Novel Reading Month (NaNoReadMo) is a celebration of the fact that we don’t just need great novel writers, we need great novel readers.
From November 1 to November 30, participants pledge to share one novel they love every day.
Inspired by NaNoWriMo, NaNoReadMo is for people who aren’t all that interested in writing novels, but love reading them.
How you can participate:
Who’s behind this?
Some joker named Austin Kleon.
I made a thing.
THIS. But NaPoReadMo in celebration of poetry.
Dear Austin: rule.
- Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1951-1959 (via creatingaquietmind)
Tonight, Barbican Young Poets are writing on experiences of awe and the supernatural. And some of us are exploring the concept of the anti-poem. Yes. (at Barbican Centre)
- Mae Barizo— http://flip.it/1iQz0
We may utterly lack confidence–we may even suspect that failure is a near-certainty. But that determination has no bearing at all on our ability to be courageous in the face of those long odds. The issue isn’t the likelihood of failure–the issue is the relative cost.
The key to untangling this confusion lies in understanding these two qualities and how they differ: Confidence is a calculation of the odds of success. Courage is a calculation that the cost of not trying is higher than the cost of failing.”
- Courage Isn’t Confidence (Ed Batista)
- Paris Review - The Art of Poetry No. 33, John Ashbery
“This breaking down of barriers has … created a false sense of entitlement, giving some readers the…”
I won’t be able to make it to the Manchester lit-fest on Monday, but I’m curious to see what Harris’s 12 point manifesto for writers will be…