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Nov 27, 2013
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RIP Saul Leiter

Wonderful color photographs made by a photographer who shunned the spotlight:

“In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined…. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”

Here’s a great quote from the documentary about him, In No Great Hurry:

"I’m a person who likes to postpone things. I see no reason for being in a rush. When you consider many of the things that people treat very seriously, you realize that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously. And that many of the things people worry about aren’t worth worrying about.

And:

Seeing is a neglected enterprise.

More of his photos→

Apr 08, 2013
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Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said - I was maybe nine - he said, Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you and you’re going to sleep better. Well, as with everything, he was right. And so I now do that and I come back from the swimming pool I go to and I have my lunch and I read the paper and I take this glorious thing called a nap. And then the best part of it is that when you wake up, for the first 15 seconds you have no idea where you are. You’re just alive. That’s all you know and it’s bliss. It’s absolute bliss.
— Philip Roth on naps

(Source: NPR, via mlarson)

Jul 25, 2012
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One of the things that the comedian mindset requires is laziness.

Jul 02, 2012
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More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.
— Tim Kreider’s denunciation of the cult of busyness is excellent. (via jimray — can’t really link to this enough. Started reading We Learn Nothing this morning. Kreider is giving a lecture on George Grosz’s influence on editorial cartooning in Dallas at the end of this month…might have to make a road trip!)

(via jimray)

Jul 01, 2012
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I am the laziest ambitious person I know.
Tim Kreider, author of We Learn Nothing, in his fantastic essay, “The ‘Busy’ Trap”

Mar 10, 2012
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Creativity is the residue of time wasted.

Feb 23, 2012
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My big ambition was to do nothing. But, of course, the matter of supporting myself did intrude.

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I have such a horrible memory that I don’t even remember sentences from my own book.

@Quippley:


  Oop! Made my first mark in steal like an artist!


Filed under: idleness

I have such a horrible memory that I don’t even remember sentences from my own book.

@Quippley:

Oop! Made my first mark in steal like an artist!

Filed under: idleness

Jan 06, 2012
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Nov 02, 2011
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Boredom is your window… Once this window opens, don’t try to shut it; on the contrary, throw it wide open.
— Joseph Brodsky, “In Praise of Boredom"
(quoted by Jonah Lehrer in “The Importance of Mind-Wandering”
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