“I wish to show you the darkness you are so afraid of. Trust me. This darkness is a place you can enter and be as safe in as you are anywhere; you can put one foot in front of the other and believe the sides of your eyes. Memorize it. You will know it again in your own time. When the appearances of things have left you, you will still have this darkness. Something of your own you can carry with you.”
“Craftsmanship is knowing how to make things exceptionally well, and being unwilling not to do so. Technology is anything we do, physically, that we do with anything we weren’t born with. Human, I’m not sure we still are, entirely. The future will resent us in exact proportion to our failure to have attempted to meaningfully address those systemic problems that we will be known to have been quite aware of. My work is largely concerned with that matrix of four.”
“What bothers me the most is that further down this road, almost all aspects of our life will limit us to our role as consumers instead of creators. We will inevitably become dependant on other people’s knowledge so that one day our children won’t even bother to think about tackling any problems themselves because “there is already an app for that”.”
“For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear only during implementation.”
– Fred Brooks, The Design of Design (via ubuwaits)
“Teaching is another form of voice. I hate that saying, “those who can do, those who can’t teach” because it ignores the long-term impact of teaching. When we do something we influence the moment we are in; when we teach, we influence a future, and when we write, we have potential to influence a broader group of people we may never ever meet, people who may read what we have written as interpreted by someone else, or read our own work long after we are gone, if we are lucky enough.”
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 repertoire. He was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject. The journey of not knowing to knowing was his work.”
“I say this a lot, but technology is what we make of it. Language is a form of technology, a pen is a form of technology — as is a submachine gun, as is Twitter. They’re all extensions of ourselves. I am cynical about what we’re currently calling technology, which is connective technologies and apps and virtual reality. I don’t think that is going to liberate us. If the forces of control and technology are in the hands of the people, and people connect without the medium of a massive, monolithic corporate force, then I think we’d be in a good place. But we’re not there right now. Some things need to radically change in terms of the way that power, income, control, and connection are structured.”
Richard Serra, “Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself”
[1967-1968] (via UBUWEB)
“The most important thing to remember is that your so-called “career” is much less about the industry or the company and more about how you understand your own abilities and the value that you want to create for others (and as a natural consequence, yourself). You are your career in many ways which means that finding your own unique path is of critical importance.”
- 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.
“I could go on—about the way I modulate narrative spikes and emotional valleys, about the arrangement of set-pieces—but here’s the thing: now matter how carefully I plan, everything changes once I start writing. It wouldn’t be any fun otherwise.”
– “It wouldn’t be any fun otherwise.” Yes. Resonates with recent thinking on the relationship between intent and discovery in making, particularly writing.
“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.
“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
– 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)