10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent
The best approach is to not try to write things that will go viral. No, the best approach is to write for just one person. Make an impact on just one person. Even better, make it so they can’t sleep that night unless they choose to make a difference for just one other person by sharing your message with them. The rest will take care of itself.Seth Godin echoes Kurt Vonnegut, who in the seventh of his 8 timeless tips on writing advised, “Write to please just one person.” (via explore-blog)
Anaïs Nin on love, hand-lettered by Debbie Millman – hardly gets better than this. Available as a limited-edition print benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women artists and writers.
That’s what art does, that’s what it’s for — to show you that what you think can be erased, cancelled, turned on its head by something you weren’t prepared for — by a work, by a play, a song, a scene in a movie, a painting, a collage, a cartoon, an advertisement — something that has the power that reaches you far more strongly than it reaches the person standing next to you, or even anyone else on Earth — art that produces a revelation that you might not be able to explain or pass on to anyone else, a revolution that you desperately try to share in your own words, in your own work.A fine addition to history’s finest definitions of art from Greil Marcus’s fantastic 2013 SVA commencement address on how the division of high vs. low robs art of its essence. (via explore-blog)
I’ve never seen anyone die before. I was prepared for the sadness. The heartbreak. I wasn’t prepared for the beauty. The purity. The clarity. The clear perspective. What matters is obvious.
He is dying and it is sad but that is not all it is. There is a grace to him. He is trying to be brave. He is scared about what comes next. But he is more scared about staying here. The pain is too much. I told him that whatever happens next, I think it will be ok. He responds, “Me too.”Comedian Matt Ruby’s soul-stirring meditation on his father’s death. Pair with the mortality paradox. (via explore-blog)
Awesome stop motion video made from stills taken from a life drawing class by Wiggles & Robbins.
A brilliant series of minimalist typographic tributes to scientists and their discoveries by Kapil Ghagat (on Tumblr at bhagatkapil)
Best thing since these minimalist posters celebrating women in science.
There may be some writers who contemplate a day’s work without dread, but I don’t know them. Beckett had, tacked to the wall beside his desk, a card on which were written the words: ‘Fail. Fail again. Fail better.’Mary Gordon (via explore-blog)