“What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, monsters, hypotheses and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving toward a phantom. We can love only what we create.”

Paul Valéry, The Outlook for Intelligence

“A carpenter can put boards together, but a good carpenter would know seasoned wood from green.”

— Ezra Pound

The Memory Palace

“BUDDING RADIOTEURS. HEAR ME NOW: Just make your show. It’s not hard. Just make your show. It’s not expensive. Just make your show. I feel like I spent much of my life not understanding that the people I admired who were writing novels or making movies or writing in magazines or making music or whatever were, on a fundamental level, real people. Then I did. So, make your show. A ________ is a person who sat down and _______. That’s it (insert ‘Novelist’ and ‘Wrote a novel’ or ‘Podcaster’ and ‘Made a podcast’ or whatever you want). That’s all there is to it.”

— Nate DiMeo, of the brilliant podcast The Memory Palace, on reddit AMA. (via wnycradiolab)