Despite all the years, receiving my Amazon order always summons the same excitement.
Now, one useful thing you can do with an old person, in addition to borrowing money from them, or asking them to do one of their old-time “dances,” so you can watch, while laughing, is ask: “Looking back, what do you regret?” And they’ll tell you. Sometimes, as you know, they’ll tell you even if you haven’t asked. Sometimes, even when you’ve specifically requested they not tell you, they’ll tell you.
George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
Hating yourself is healthy, I think. You’re great, but you could be a lot better. Being online, however, makes it difficult to hate yourself properly. As countless bitter weenies have noted, being online means leaving a forever record of your shitty, ignorant notions.
Alexandra Molotkow — Don’t Let the Internet Keep You From Hating Yourself
Short stories are not parables or wise sayings, and cannot be fragments; we ask them for the pleasures of closure.
Harold Bloom — How to Read and Why
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
“It’s a simple 7/8″. It was all it took to make me feel like a complete idiot.
I had been happily banging on my drumkit for a while by then, but had never had the experience of playing with musicians I didn’t know from anywhere. All the other projects started for reasons that hadn’t immediately to do with the technicalities of the music being played, and in not one of them did such indications ever come up. There had never…
Don’t be an industry douche. They call themselves ninjas or gurus…even evangelists. They’re the ones who will tell you, to your face, that they are smarter than the other guy. They’re the ones who have stopped reading by now.
David Snyder — Dear Jr Creative…
Quick and unrevised translation by myself, feel free to suggest improvements.
Enough with the resignation and complacency. Enough with the silence, obedience and frustration. I can’t take any more of this simulation of democracy, which only serves to perpetuate the moral incompetence, the civic void and the extinction of humanism. I can’t keep on watching ambition, power for its own sake and the bowing to mercantilism, dictate the future of my children, their children and their children’s children. The insensitivity…