Torben

Documentary Filmmaker & Producer :: Storyteller :: Thai Speaker :: Hip-hop Experimentalist

Zadie Smith’s Ten Rules of Writing

  1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
  2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
  3. Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
  4. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
  5. Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
  6. Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
  7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
  8. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
  9. Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
  10. Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

volatils:

The Persistence of Memory - Salvador Dalí

The Fall of the Damned - Peter Paul Rubens

Ophelia - Sir John Everett Millais

(Source: mikkkelsen, via moravagine)

Saigyo in traditional poetry, Sogi in linked verse, Sesshu in painting, Rikyu in tea ceremony, and indeed all who have achieved real excellence in any art, possess one thing in common, that is, a mind to obey nature, to be one with nature, throughout the four seasons of the year.
— Basho
littletexts:

— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Yes.

littletexts:

— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Yes.

(via the-auteur)

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
René Magritte, born on this day (11-21-1898)

(via moravagine)

To create one’s own world takes courage.
Georgia O’Keeffe (via art-and-fury)

indefenseofart:

Richard Tuschman’s Hopper Meditations a photoseries that reworks the visual vocabulary of Edward Hopper's paintings. Tuschman said of the series, ”I have always loved the way [Hopper's] paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition,” 

(via aubeurgine)

“Back in 2006, a group of students at Xavier High School in New York City (one of whom, “JT,” submitted this letter) were given an assignment by their English teacher, Ms. Lockwood, that was to test their persuasive writing skills: they were asked to write to their favourite author and ask him or her to visit the school. Five of those pupils chose Kurt Vonnegut. His thoughtful reply, seen below, was the only response the class received.”
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Back in 2006, a group of students at Xavier High School in New York City (one of whom, “JT,” submitted this letter) were given an assignment by their English teacher, Ms. Lockwood, that was to test their persuasive writing skills: they were asked to write to their favourite author and ask him or her to visit the school. Five of those pupils chose Kurt Vonnegut. His thoughtful reply, seen below, was the only response the class received.”

From here

The task for artists … is to find new ways of prying open our eyes to tiresomely familiar, but critically important, ideas about how to lead a balanced and good life.
Art is a way of preserving experiences, of which there are many transient and beautiful examples, and that we need help containing.
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