A scrapbook of stuff I'm reading / looking at / listening to / thinking about...
Apr 22, 2014
I am determined to have fun doing my work… if I’m enjoying myself then that feeling is passed on to the reader.
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
I now wonder where the idea or of the ideology of creativity started. Shakespeare and company certainly stole from, copied each other’s writings. Before them, the Greeks didn’t both making up any new stories. I suspect that the ideology of creativity started when the bourgeoisie—when they rose up in all their splendor, as the history books put it—made a capitalistic marketplace for books. Today a writer earns money or a living by selling copyright, ownership to words. We all do, we writers, this scam, because we need to earn money, only most don’t admit it’s a scam. Nobody really owns nothing.
— Kathy Acker
) (from her very-hard-to-find-online 1989 article, “A Few Notes on Two of My Books,” published in the Review of Contemporary Fiction
Mike Monteiro, Design Is A Job
Designers! (Or anyone who runs a business!) Do not let your borderline illiteracy keep you from Mike’s wisdom any longer — DIAJ is now available on audiobook! Read by the author himself! (I reviewed it here. How good is it? It’s in the recommended reading in the back of Show Your Work!
Beautifully intricate Romanian Easter eggs
The small village of Ciocanesti in Romania produces the most beautiful hand-painted Easter eggs I’ve ever seen. This video is a wonderful look at the process and tradition.
First, the (duck, goose, chicken, or even ostrich) egg is drained, through a tiny hole. Then, using a method akin to batik, it is dipped in dye and painted one color at a time, with the painter applying beeswax to those areas she wants to protect from the next round of dying. The painting implement, called a kishitze, is a stick with an iron tip. (Previously, egg-painters would have used thorns or pig bristles.)
And then the wax is melted and wiped off the egg, revealing the colors underneath. So cool. (via @colossal)
This is so wonderful. Must get to the motherland one day.
Letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse, April 14, 1965
Hesse had written to her friend Lewitt about being blocked. My favorite parts from what Lewitt wrote back:
Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world… You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO…
Try to do some BAD work—the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell—you are not responsible for the world—you are only responsible for your work—so DO IT.
In other words: MAKE BAD ART.
You can read the whole letter in this PDF.
The letter is also included in Shaun Usher’s great collection Letters Of Note, coming out in the states in May. (Lucky me, I have a dee-lux UK edition.)
Apr 19, 2014
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