Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Writing is a way of living. It doesn’t quite matter that there are too many books for the number of readers in the world to read them. It’s a way of being alive, for the writer.
—Rachel Kushner (via mttbll)
I’ve nothing Else - to bring, You know -
So I keep bringing These -
Just as the Night keeps fetching Stars
To our familiar eyes -
Maybe, we should’nt mind them -
Unless they did’nt come -
Then - maybe, it would puzzle us
To find our way Home -
Born this day in 1830, lives on forever in words and dashes.
1) My maternal great-grandmother was born on the Tahlequah, OK Cherokee reservation. Her ancestors settled there in 1838 after enduring the Trail of Tears.
2) I was born in the Ozark’s the the oldest of eleven siblings, all half. Eight on my mother’s side and two on my father’s.
3) Between kindergarten and High School graduation I attended 17 schools
4) At 16 I became a ward of the state of Missouri. Transitioned out of foster care at 18 and was told the most likely outcome for girls like me: Pregnant, dead or in jail.
5) On our first date I asked my husband —what’s that bright light in the sky? Because the moon had never looked so large till then, the world so new.
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
—Rainer Maria Rilke (Born December 4, 1875)
Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as strawberries knows nothing of grapes.
Making choices of where to place the barrier between ego and algorithm is unavoidable in the age of cloud software. Drawing the line between what we forfeit and what we reserve for the heroics of free will is the story of our time.
—Who Owns the Future?
The writer has a fundamental responsibility to write well or to write the best he can, because if he doesn’t he’s not a writer. And when a writer writes, he’s always referring to a social and historical context. It’s impossible for Argentinian writers not to write as Argentinians, because to be Argentinian is a circumstance of fate, like it is to be Cuban. When you analyze the bourgeois writer’s novel, you see the shortcomings of bourgeois society. Even when you try to write a fantasy story, in some way that fantasy is going to be connected to a reality. But regardless, if someone is a true writer—not an opportunist who wants to be in favor with the government of the day—that person is always going to be for freedom. Because the simple truth is that without freedom, the writer cannot exist. And the writer who is for freedom is, by definition, not for any totalitarian system. So the duty of the writer is to write well and champion freedom. And he champions freedom because he has an obligation—what better obligation than this?
—Reinaldo Arenas (via mttbll)
To be an artist means never to avert your eyes.