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SCRIPTURA VITAE † A FILM BY AEROSYN-LEX MESTROVIC † TRAILER  (by…



SCRIPTURA VITAE † A FILM BY AEROSYN-LEX MESTROVIC † TRAILER  (by Aerosyn-Lex)

Protein commission a new short-film, premiering October 22nd 2013 on Channel 4 Random Acts. 

And, yes, I’m thinking about the possibilities for working with poetry in this way. Thinking hard… 

Oct 15

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a…”

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”

- Claude Monet (via creatingaquietmind)
Oct 14

“Those of us who are the smiley types: we’re friendly and nice and give a good impression. And…”

Those of us who are the smiley types: we’re friendly and nice and give a good impression. And really, we can con a lot of people onto thinking we’re just terrific. Like all the time, terrific. And you should feel very grateful in your life when you come across someone who just doesn’t buy it. And all of the hidden stuff you don’t like to think about is somehow suddenly very present: your superficiality, the way you don’t quite tell the truth. They cut through your hypocrisy. You’re exposed, but you’re also free.



- This Moment is the Perfect Teacher, Pema Chödrön (via creatingaquietmind)
Oct 13

http://flip.it/ErjWV

http://flip.it/ErjWV:

I’m constantly on the look out for new project management tools. BamBam ticks a number of boxes. Added to the “experiment with” list…

Oct 13

“We mind wander, by choice or accident, because it produces tangible reward when measured against…”

“We mind wander, by choice or accident, because it produces tangible reward when measured against goals and aspirations that are personally meaningful. Having to reread a line of text three times because our attention has drifted away matters very little if that attention shift has allowed us to access a key insight, a precious memory or make sense of a troubling event. Pausing to reflect in the middle of telling a story is inconsequential if that pause allows us to retrieve a distant memory that makes the story more evocative and compelling. Losing a couple of minutes because we drove past our off ramp, is a minor inconvenience if the attention lapse allowed us finally to understand why the boss was so upset by something we said in last week’s meeting. Arriving home from the store without the eggs that necessitated the trip is a mere annoyance when weighed against coming to a decision to ask for a raise, leave a job, or go back to school.”

- Psychologists explore the creative benefits of mind-wandering (via explore-blog)
Oct 12

“Franklin tried a divide-and-conquer approach. He drew up a list of virtues and wrote a brief goal…”

“Franklin tried a divide-and-conquer approach. He drew up a list of virtues and wrote a brief goal for each one, like this one for Order: ‘Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.’ … When, as a young journeyman printer, he tried to practice Order by drawing up a rigid daily work schedule, he kept getting interrupted by unexpected demands from his clients — and Industry required him to ignore the schedule and meet with them. If he practiced Frugality (‘Waste nothing’) by always mending his own clothes and preparing all his own meals, there’d be less time available for Industry at his job — or for side projects like flying a kite in a thunderstorm or editing the Declaration of Independence. If he promised to spend an evening with his friends but then fell behind his schedule for work, he’d have to make a choice that would violate his virtue of Resolution: ‘Perform without fail what you resolve.’””

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A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success | Brain Pickings

Otherwise known as the opportunity cost?

Oct 11

I would just like to say thank you for the talk you gave to the Singapore Nanyang Girls’ group in ’11. I was in the group at the time and had stopped writing because of a rejection from a writers’ camp. After your encouragement to write + the encouragement from friends, I reapplied and got in last year, and since then have received much encouragement from mentors and friends. Looking back, it had a lot to do with your talk then, so thank you so much!

Congratulations on making it into the writers’ camp, and kudos for being tenacious enough to reapply. It’s a gift to hear that I was able to play some part in supporting your writing. Oh— and it sounds like you’ve got some great friends!

Write on, Anonymous. Write on.

hashtag:grins hashtag:warmfuzzyglow

Oct 11

“To the young writers, I would merely say, “Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you…”

“To the young writers, I would merely say, “Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say — or more — a day to write.” Some very good things have been written on an hour a day. Henry Green, one of my pets, was an industrialist actually. He was running a company, and he would come home and write for just an hour in an armchair, and wonderful books were created in this way. So, take it seriously, you know, just set a quota. Try to think of communicating with some ideal reader somewhere. Try to think of getting into print. Don’t be content just to call yourself a writer and then bitch about the crass publishing world that won’t run your stuff. We’re still a capitalist country, and writing to some degree is a capitalist enterprise, when it’s not a total sin to try to make a living and court an audience. “Read what excites you,” would be advice, and even if you don’t imitate it you will learn from it. All those mystery novels I read I think did give me some lesson about keeping a plot taut, trying to move forward or make the reader feel that kind of tension is being achieved, a string is being pulled tight. Other than that, don’t try to get rich on the other hand. If you want to get rich, you should go into investment banking or being a certain kind of a lawyer. But, on the other hand, I would like to think that in a country this large — and a language even larger — that there ought to be a living in it for somebody who cares, and wants to entertain and instruct a reader.”

- John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’ | Open Culture
Oct 10

“The feel of things, if I cherish, helps me live more like a minute than a clock.”

“"The feel of things, if I cherish, helps me live more like a minute than a clock."”

- Hicok, Odyssey
Oct 9

“I’d argue that, whether you like it or not, hashtags are absolutely essential to accurately relate…”

“I’d argue that, whether you like it or not, hashtags are absolutely essential to accurately relate the way we use language today. I make this case not out of a love for hashtags (#nolove), but because they serve a unique grammatical function. Unlike colons, which suggest explanation and enumeration, hashtags imply both categorization and comment.”

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Hashtags Are Punctuation Now — We Live in the Future — Medium

Ah, the fluidity of language and contemporary punctuation. #grammarswoon

Oct 8

Why People Really Love Technology: An Interview With Genevieve Bell – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic

Why People Really Love Technology: An Interview With Genevieve Bell - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic:

"We’ve been in a decade of dematerialization, all the markers of identity. You and I, when we were younger, knew how to talk about ourselves, to ourselves and others, through physical stuff—music, the books on our shelves, photos. We’ve gone through a period where a lot of that content is dematerialized. It became virtual. You could send people playlists, but it’s not the same as having someone go through your record collection. It had a different sort of intimacy.

"And it doesn’t surprise me that after 10 years of early-adoptive dematerialization, all the identity work and now the seduction of physical objects has come back in full force. Now it’s kind of a pendulum: we move between the virtual and the real a great deal. And we have historically—that’s hardly a new thing. I suspect that part of what we’re seeing with the Etsy maker and that whole spectrum is a kind of need for physical things because so much has become digital, and in fact, what’s being manifested in some of these places is really a reprise of physical stuff. Physicality has kind of come back."

Oct 7

“I had to learn to think, feel and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way,…”

“I had to learn to think, feel and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way, which is the hardest thing in the world. I had to throw myself into the current, knowing that I would probably sink. The great majority of artists are throwing themselves in with life-preservers around their necks, and more often than not it is the life-preserver which sinks them. Nobody can drown in the ocean of reality who voluntarily gives himself up to the experience. Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge. ‘No daring is fatal,’ said René Crevel, a phrase which I shall never forget. The whole logic of the universe is contained in daring, i.e., in creating from the flimsiest, slenderest support. In the beginning this daring is mistaken for will, but with time the will drops away and the automatic process takes its place, which again has to be broken or dropped and a new certitude established which has nothing to do with knowledge, skill, technique or faith. By daring one arrives at this mysterious X position of the artist, and it is this anchorage which no one can describe in words but yet subsists and exudes from every line that is written.”

- Henry Miller— Reflections on Ŵriting
Oct 6

Mother of George Official Trailer 1 (2013) – Drama Movie HD (by…



Mother of George Official Trailer 1 (2013) - Drama Movie HD (by Film Festivals and Indie Films)

Wow. What a feast for the eyes. Looking forward to seeing this, and how it delivers beyond visuals.

Oct 5

Of course, you do as best as you can to believe in every young…



Of course, you do as best as you can to believe in every young poet you work with.

I’ve lost track of the number of schools I’ve visited, the number of projects I’ve facilitated, the number of poems I’ve offered feedback on, but each one of them has been cause for celebration, no matter whether the poem, poet or project offered up a private, local or openly public achievement. 

That said, I’m hosting an extra special celebration in my heart today for Warsan Shire, the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London. Nearly 10 years ago, she was the girl in her mid-teens who wandered into a workshop I was running in Wembley, a stunning writer even then. And over the years she’s continued on from strength to strength… 

Warsan Shire, salute.  

(via BBC News - Warsan Shire announced as London’s first young poet laureate)

Oct 4

Yep. Autumn looks like it’s going to be good to us, as far…



Yep. Autumn looks like it’s going to be good to us, as far as new music is concerned. First up, the release of Machinedrum's Vapor City. The web developer/designer in me really is really intrigued by the metaphor of sonic cartography used to power the new site. Somewhat reminiscent of older instalments of GTA (and a few other free-roaming console games) in which you had to reach a milestone in the main storyline before a new part of the city would be unlocked. More than that, I love the idea of sound as place. Looking forward to seeing how (whether?) that's going to be developed further…

Vapor City is available via iTunes, Amazon and Ninja Tunes. Enjoy.

Oct 4

Miscellany turned 6 today! Wow. 6 years of Tumblr. Do I qualify…



Miscellany turned 6 today!

Wow. 6 years of Tumblr. Do I qualify for an OG award?

Oct 3

Chimurenga: Who No Know Go Know— Dylan Valley

"I just wanted to be part of something. But the thing I wanted to be part of did not exist. I had to make it."

—Ntone Edjabe

I recently returned to London from South Africa, and I’m still feeling the warm glow derived from my time there. I didn’t actually get to see that much of the country— I was there for two festivals (Arts Alive and Open Books, thanks to Toni Stuart and the British Council) but I managed to both get a sense of the Jo’burg spoken word scene AND score some time in one of the best loved bookshops in Cape Town, trying to get a sense of local literary output. One of the journals that caught my eye was Chimurenga… 

Sep 14

“You had it. You knew them before they got big. You saw them live, before they got soft. You were…”

“You had it. You knew them before they got big. You saw them live, before they got soft. You were scene. You had a song for every occasion. You kept up. You would never be that person who only listened to music that was 20 years old. You missed a show. You missed every show. You got a cat. You had a kid. You traded newness for nostalgia. You accepted it. You turned up the car stereo, alone, remembering.”

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The Verge Playlist: Better to burn out

Not so sure about the playlist itself, but the description? That resonates…

Sep 1

https://medium.com/questions-answers/d370d6a8ddfa

https://medium.com/questions-answers/d370d6a8ddfa:

"I wrote half of Brewster looking out at it, as I’m looking out at it now: the house across the street has a flag nailed vertically to the wall under the porch which I just stuck directly into the novel. But the physical place is just a trellis, and a flimsy one at that; it’s what your imagination hangs on it that matters. I wrote the second half of the novel in a shack in the woods, but by that point Brewster – less the actual place than a feeling, a time – was fully alive in my head. I find that until I’ve got that voice, that feeling – of loneliness, say, or regret, or love – that brings a place alive, I don’t have anything at all.

"On my desk is a framed quote by Sir Philip Sidney that my daughter gave me a few years back: “Fool, said the Muse to me, look in thy heart and write.” Which I’ve tried to do, though I haven’t always liked the things I found there. My point is that while looking out, we’re looking in."

—Mark Slouka

Aug 31

vellichor

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

Aug 30