Stop worrying. Keep working. Advice T. Bone Burnett gave Roeanne Cash, according to her in this NYPL discussion with Paul Holdengräber.
Self-care isn’t a reward. It’s part of the process. Good advice by a career counselor via Lifehacker.
Some of them, being typical academics, either fell down on the job or just decided not to do it. It really testifies to the human element of this kind of great undertaking. This quote of the day comes from Professor Jeffrey Alan Miller, Montclair State University, who discovered a previously unknown early draft of the …
Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten …
theparisreview: —Ernest Hemingway
I approach the work as though, in truth, I’m nothing and the words are everything. Louise Erdrich (via theparisreview)
Last night I attended a talk at a local bookshop by Professor Reingard Nischik from Universität Konstanz about the work of Alice Munro. This quote, from Munro’s first novel (Prof. Nischik called the book a “short story cycle”) is the perfect sentence from and about Munro’s fascinating literary world. So mundane and simple, yet polished …
https://clarityandchaos.tumblr.com/post/85291405041/audio_player_iframe/clarityandchaos/tumblr_mi5auy3vun1s2cz5b?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fantasticweapon.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2009%2F12%2Fbel-biv-devoe-poison.mp3 dancetothebeats: Poison – Bell Biv Devoe It’s 8 in morning and I’m about to start working. But first, I’m chair dancing at my desk to this.
If you’re having a bad day full of doubt about yourself and your work, just remember: Even Paul McCartney has released shitty songs.
What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better. Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via larmoyante)