What is the piece of writing advice that has helped you most, personally?. Some interesting thoughts.
I was talking to someone recently who was frozen by worries about what people thought about them. This is one of my favorite phobias, because the research is unequivocal: No-one is thinking about you—even the people who love you don’t spend much time, all-in, thinking about you.
— Paul Kedrosky
— Robin Sloan’s Spring ‘83
But you, here, you’re capable of anything because you’re so bad at everything.
— Waymond Wang, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Putin’s Philosophers, NATO’s Philosophers and An International Relations Theory Guide to the War in Ukraine — interesting reads to understand how we got here and what lies ahead.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
— Elmore Leonard
I need a drink…
Heaven is not your local pub,
but we’ve a house white on tap:
Water of Life. Glass or Goblet?
Shot glass. Neat.
Think of it as Korsvodka.
Red blush on your cheeks—
it’s not rouge. Is it?
‘Tis, but O All Knowing, when will the boat of capitalism sink?
When church spires soar above skyscrapers,
when those who influence the influencers
blast hell to heaven.
— Rafiq Kathwari - Lenin in the Presence of God
How cold it grows
And nobody sees
How shaky my knees
How steep my stairs
And nobody smiles
If I cross their stiles
— Nick Drake - Poor Boy
Pray for solace,
Pray for resolve.
Pray for a savior,
Pray for deliverance, some kind of purpose.
A glimpse of a light in this void of existence.
Now witness the end of an age.
Hope dies in hands of believers
who seek the truth in the liar’s eyes.
— Lamb of God - Walk with me in Hell
I lay down in the empty street and parked
My feet against the gutter’s curb while from
The building above a bunch of gawkers perched
Along its ledges urged me don’t, don’t jump.
— Bill Knott - Advice from the Experts
There’s no remaking reality… Just take it as it comes. Hold your ground and take it as it comes. There’s no other way.
— Everyman, Philip Roth