“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”—John Muir (via theohpioneer)
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”—~Alan Watts (via armchairoxfordscholar)
n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.
“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”—Federico García Lorca (via behindhiseyeshestillexists)
Just a few random thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon:
As an artist, you confront a lot of rejection. At first, it’s one of the main responses you receive from audiences and funders. Or even worse: indifference.
It’s difficult to not have a platform to buffer the great artists and people you know from the pain of rejection. Because of this, Kanye’s recent rants (or “visionary stream of consciousness,” which he has recently been calling them) oddly make a lot of sense to me. You can be the biggest rock star on the planet, but face rejection and/or exploitation in other fields. Until you have a platform, you are harshly subject to anxiety and insecurity caused by those who determine the “worth” of your work. Kanye’s meltdowns, to me, are what unbridled id looks like when responding to the insecurities of the ego playing at high stakes.
I have become largely numb to rejection, which assists in pursuing my work with confidence, but disrupts my gratitude when I occasionally screen at festivals and/or receive accolades.