February 11, 2013 at 11:43am
To be a futurist, in pursuit of improving reality, is not to have your face continually turned upstream, waiting for the future to come. To improve reality is to clearly see where you are, and then wonder how to make that better.
– Warren Ellis, How To See The Future
You should make something. You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening — everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, ‘I did that.’
– Ricky Gervais, The Esquire Interview
January 16, 2013 at 8:01am
To answer a question starting with “well” suggests you are still considering it, don’t know fully but are getting there. To answer with “so” better suits the age, perhaps: A Google-glued generation can look it up where their parents would have said “I don’t know,” Facebook and Twitter encourage ordinary people and not just politicians to stay on message, and we gravitate toward declamatory blogs and away from down-the-middle reporting.
– Anand Giridharadas, ‘So’ Pushes to the Head of the Line
I’ve slowly learned, the hard way, that my best writing comes when I’m not thinking about writing and am far from desk or conscious intention. But then the clouds gather above the sea, and my idle mind conjures up bad possibilities the way one might dream of chocolate cake. We worry only about exactly those things we can never do anything about. And then that very fact becomes something else we worry about. The cycle goes on and on until we let the mind give over to something larger — wiser — than itself.
– Pico Iyer, The Snake in the Garden
November 7, 2012 at 11:42pm
It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book. A book is a book is a book. I know that’s terribly old-fashioned. I’m old, and when I’m gone they’ll probably try to make my books on all these things, but I’m going to fight it like hell. I can’t believe I’ve turned into a typical old man. I can’t believe it. I was young just minutes ago.
– Interview with Maurice Sendak
September 30, 2012 at 5:18pm
Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
– Neil Gaiman, Ten rules for writing fiction
September 13, 2012 at 10:32pm
In politics, for example, candidates often start out idealistically, with more extreme positions that they later temper to gain more votes in the general election; this serves to effect policy that works for the whole electorate. But making creative product is very different than politics and too much consensus building just dulls a project’s vision, making it mushy and less bold.
– Gavin Polone, Why TV Is Now Better Than Movies
While we wait for science to catch up, we sometimes still cling to magic because it’s the only way we can tell ourselves that the world makes sense. We turn to magic because sometimes it’s all we have; in the face of things beyond our control, magical thinking remains that last bit of hope that we’ll always have at our disposal.
– Colin Dickey, Very Superstitious
July 26, 2012 at 9:00pm
Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms. Call it Generation Sell.
– William Deresiewicz, The Entrepreneurial Generation
It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again.
– Tim Kreider, The ‘Busy’ Trap
The incongruities between a life and a form are not a challenge distributed evenly across the population but, rather, fall to those at society’s margins. Live outside those boxes, and bureaucracies can’t really “see” you. With these new icons, Facebook signals that it sees gay married couples, and brings them into the Facebook-approved fold. Welcome.
– Rebecca J. Rosen, Facebook Rolls Out New Icons for Same-Sex Marriages
June 16, 2012 at 10:51pm
I like to play. I’m interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them. If I had to work at it I would give it up. I don’t like working.
– Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203
Whether a mouse moving across a screen or the progress of a Facebook post through a thousand different servers, the way we value time seems to have altered, as if the earth tilted on its axis, as if the seasons are different and new.
– Paul Ford, 10 Timeframes
You’re goin’ out there with just a whisper of an idea. The fear will make you clench up. That’s the fear of dying. When you start and the first few lines don’t grab and people are going like, “What’s this? I’m not laughing and I’m not interested,” then you just put your arms out like this and open way up and that allows your stuff to go out. Otherwise it’s just stuck inside you.
– Bill Murray, Bill Murray on Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom - Esquire
Don’t give me a book; I don’t want a lecture, and I don’t want a list of topics to memorize. Give me ample reason to memorize them and a sandbox where I can safely play. Test me when I least expect it, shock me with the unknown, but make sure you’ve given me enough understanding and practice with my tools that I have a high chance of handling the unexpected.
– Michael Lopp, Two Universes