Like a scarce piece of snail mail, it gets our attention. A story lies within the envelope and thus we feel compelled to spend more time with it.
But another email augurs the birthing of threads, as it speeds up the time it was suppossed to save.
In his book Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity (Amazon), German sociologist Hartmut Rosa writes: “We don’t have any time although we’ve gained far more than we needed before.”
So time keeps on slipping, as technology speeds it up into the future. If you want to slow down time, write a letter. Consider paper.
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- Let your art make the rounds. Don’t hide it.
- Don’t try to be everywhere. Pick a place and be consistent.
- Rules are recommendations. Feel free to break them, recast, and remix them.
- Rest when you’re underperforming. Don’t quit.
- The muse is nonexistent. Inspiration is bunk. Habit is a bicep curl for the brain.
I hope the above helps you push through CRAP (criticism, rejection assholes, pressure). Bonus points for embracing the messy middle.
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Make yourself not begin.
Keep postponing your creative impulses until you store up some more thinking. The forest always hides secrets.
When you keep gathering string, the variables appear endless. But the extra attending is crucial.
The unbridled story is no longer a diversion when it becomes destiny.
Once the end of the rope ceases to be a pleasurable digression, hold tight and let go.
In what looks like elephant ears, this listening device was actually an aircraft detection device before radar was invented in 1935.
“Human perception of the body is so acute and knowledgeable that the smallest hint of a body can trigger recognition.”
— Jenny Saville, Propped (1992)
The former Glasgow School of Art student sold this painting at Sotheby’s for £8.3 only to be overshadowed by Banksy’s self-destructing piece.