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…
- Claude Monet (via creatingaquietmind)
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)
I’m constantly on the look out for new project management tools. BamBam ticks a number of boxes. Added to the “experiment with” list…
- Psychologists explore the creative benefits of mind-wandering (via explore-blog)
“Franklin tried a divide-and-conquer approach. He drew up a list of virtues and wrote a brief goal…”
Otherwise known as the opportunity cost?
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.
“To the young writers, I would merely say, “Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you…”
- John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’ | Open Culture
- Hicok, Odyssey
“I’d argue that, whether you like it or not, hashtags are absolutely essential to accurately relate…”
Ah, the fluidity of language and contemporary punctuation. #grammarswoon
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."
“I had to learn to think, feel and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way,…”
- Henry Miller— Reflections on Ŵriting
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.
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.
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.
Miscellany turned 6 today!
Wow. 6 years of Tumblr. Do I qualify for an OG award?
Not so sure about the playlist itself, but the description? That resonates…
"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."
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.