“Rice did not think of art-making as therapy or self-expression. He thought of it as mental training….”

“Rice did not think of art-making as therapy or self-expression. He thought of it as mental training. As anyone who has tried to write a poem knows, the discipline in art-making is exercised from within rather than without. You quickly realize that it’s your own laziness, ignorance, and sloppiness, not somebody else’s bad advice, that are getting in your way. No one can write your poem for you. You have to figure out a way to write it yourself. You have to make a something where there was a nothing.”

Learn By Painting – The New Yorker

The poetics/pedagogy of Black Mountain College…

“Now I’m older, the future suddenly looks far grimmer than anything I’d have imagined – not simply…”

“Now I’m older, the future suddenly looks far grimmer than anything I’d have imagined – not simply that it won’t contain me, but that it won’t contain, for instance, tigers.”

Q&A: William Gibson | Life and style | The Guardian

“Yes, madam, I am changed and “changing my countenance” as I write. What I write comes from a place…”

“Yes, madam, I am changed and “changing my countenance” as I write. What I write comes from a place in my imperfect being. My voice falters at times from brokenness and incompleteness, but it will not be silenced by the digital.”

#DigiWriMo Day 2: Changing My Countenance | Yin Wah Kreher

“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?”

“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?”

Mona Simpson, Casebook
(via vintageanchorbooks)

“who sang to him, stroked the nap of the scalp, kissed the flesh-knot after the cord completed its…”

who sang to him, stroked the nap
of the scalp, kissed the flesh-knot

after the cord completed its work
of fueling into him the long history

of those whose suffering
was made more bearable

by the as-yet-unknown of him,

playing alone in some unthinkable
future city, a Cleveland,

whatever that might be.

‘In Two Seconds’, Mark Doty (via The American Poetry Review)

“Now I become myself. It’s taken Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken,…”

“Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces.”

May Sarton
(via beingblog)

“One of the things that any artist is working with is other art. You think about filmmakers, for…”

“One of the things that any artist is working with is other art. You think about filmmakers, for example, and they all start out as film fans. You have Martin Scorsese as a kid going to double features every day and absorbing all of the world in that way, and then thinking about Quentin Tarantino in the video store,” Scott said. “In the simplest way that you see something or you hear something, and you start thinking, ‘How did they do that? Could I do that? Could I do it better? How would I do it differently?’ All of what we identify as aspects of the creative process, the absorption of influence, the learning and discarding of rules, the workshop discipline of figuring out what works and what doesn’t and how—all of that is criticism.””

A.O. Scott (via @mlarson)

“Reflect often on the speed with which all things in being, or coming into being, are carried past…”

“Reflect often on the speed with which all things in being, or coming into being, are carried past and swept away. Existence is like a river in ceaseless flow, it’s actions a constant succession of change, its causes innumerable in their variety: scarcely anything stands still, even what is most immediate. Reflect too on the yawning gulf of past and future time, in which all things vanish. So in all this it must be folly for anyone to be puffed with ambition, racked in struggle, or indignant at his lot—as if this was anything lasting or likely to trouble him for long.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (via whyallcaps)

“I wish to show you the darkness you are so afraid of. Trust me. This darkness is a place you can…”

“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.”

Margaret Atwood, from Selected Poems II: 1976 – 1986

(via violentwavesofemotion)

Via The Near-Sighted Monkey – aka Lynda Barry.

Via The Near-Sighted Monkey – aka Lynda Barry.

“Craftsmanship is knowing how to make things exceptionally well, and being unwilling not to do so….”

“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.”

William Gibson — Hand & Brain — Medium

“What bothers me the most is that further down this road, almost all aspects of our life will limit…”

“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”.”

The Knowledge Disconnection Downfall — Life Learning — Medium

“For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear…”

“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)

(via Julie Joliat – Agenda 2016)

(via Julie Joliat – Agenda 2016)

“Teaching is another form of voice. I hate that saying, “those who can do, those who can’t teach”…”

“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.”

Yearning for Praxis: Writing and Teaching Our Way Out of Oppression

Happy days. Just got to see Femi Martin and Paula Varjack…

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…”

“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.”

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…”

“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.”

Into the future with YACHT’s Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt — Hopes&Fears

Richard Serra, “Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate…

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 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.”

John Saddington LIVE Chat on Product Hunt