"I had studied Hemingway so closely and learned a lot, but I didn’t agree with his attitude about life, about himself. He took everything so seriously. Your style comes out of your attitude — what kind of a person you are, your personality, how you see things. Are you optimistic? Are you funny? Are you grim? What? This is all out of your attitude. And once I learned that then I had to find other writers to study and imitate."

Elmore Leonard on getting out from under the influence of Hemingway (via austinkleon)
@7 months ago with 146 notes


Brass Tactics, a free EP from David Byrne and St. Vincent. 

Pair with Byrne on how music and creativity work.

(Source: , via explore-blog)

@10 months ago with 23 notes

"The claim that good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher might sound like a truism, and a pious one at that: good teaching comes from good people."

Parker J. Palmer
@1 year ago with 2 notes
#teaching #good 

new tunes.

@1 year ago with 1 note

had the privilege of facilitating a project with:
APCH + David Choe

@1 year ago

"I kept myself purposely stupid about the commerce side of it. It was dumb. I really should have looked after things…. At one time there was an audit, and I was given a figure of [losing] $30 million. I didn’t even know I had anything like that. I thought maybe 3, maybe close to 10 million. […] I always had this sense that O.K., I’m an artist and I shouldn’t have to be concerned about something as banal as money, which is baloney. It’s my job. It’s what I do. I didn’t pay any attention to it, and I trusted other people, and I got screwed."

@10 months ago with 49 notes

"I am a poet. To be a poet in contemporary America is to be accustomed to, let us say, muted reactions to one’s work. It is also - and this, I suspect, is not limited to America - to learn to write without much concern for audience, not because you don’t want your poems to be read, but because in order for poems to honor the voice that creates them, a voice that, as even the most secular poets acknowledge, seems to come from “somewhere else” - in order, that is, for the poems to be poems - you have to acquire a monkish devotion to their source, and to the silence within you that enables that source to speak."

Christian Wiman, the Bright Abyss
@1 year ago with 1 note
#poetry #source #art 

new tune

@1 year ago with 1 note

"You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God."

Thomas Merton
@1 year ago with 1 note
#god #man #imago