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Posts tagged "be boring"
Nov 19, 2012
My autobiography would consist almost entirely of chapters about me sitting alone in a room looking at a typewriter.
Jul 02, 2012
The writing is where the action is. Joyce lived in eventful times, but he did not lead an eventful life.
Mar 02, 2012
I’m a much riskier actor than I am a person. There’s this Flaubert quote that I love, that I’m going to get slightly wrong. But it’s something about ‘I want to live - I want to live the quiet life of the bourgeois so that I can be violent and unrestrained in my work.’ That works for me. And for some reason I let myself between action and cut go into a kind of freefall, a place in a space where I am allowed to think, behave, move, appear in any way that I see fit. Unfortunately, I don’t let myself do that in my own waking life. But at least there’s some place for it.
Nov 23, 2011
The first duty of the artist is to survive.
Aug 18, 2011
» Unadventure as creation
Eno on unadventure:
“In my normal life I’m a very unadventurous person,” Mr. Eno said. “I take the same walk every day and I eat in the same restaurants, and often eat exactly the same things in the same restaurants. I don’t adventure much except when I’m in the studio, and then I only want to adventure. I cannot bear doing something again, or thinking that I’m doing something again.”
As Jacobs once said, “Differentiation emerg[es] from generality. Differentiations become generalities from which further differentiations occur.” My summer has been only about variation — in location, in people, in process — but slowed down creation here. It’s good to be home.
It’s like Flaubert said, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Routine is key.
Aug 09, 2011
My life is as simple as I can make it. Work all day, cook, eat, wash up, telephone, hack writing, drink, television in the evenings. I almost never go out. I suppose everyone tries to ignore the passing of time: some people by doing a lot, being in California one year and Japan the next; or there’s my way—making every day and every year exactly the same.