Also you are a fool to seek the kind of art you don’t like. You are a fool to read classics because you are told to and not because you like them. You are a fool to aspire to good taste if you haven’t naturally got it. If there is one place where it is idiotic to sham it is before a work of art.
Ezra Pound, “The Serious Artist”
we’d gotten a tent pavilion, a couple of kegs of beer, there was cake, he made a speech, it rained, there was a rainbow, there was grilling, then a campfire with marshmallows. lots of new cousins and other relatives to play with. after all this, once we got back, i asked my kids what their favorite part of the trip was.
the safety instruction cards from the airplanes.
i let them both keep one and they both study them over breakfast each morning now. it’s like their own little newspaper, filled with misfortune and human misery; little ant-like people escaping from burning airplanes, life rafts, evacuation routes, how to float in the ice cold ocean. they fucking love them.
airplane safety cards.
I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All Right,” I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool - that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”
The first draft of anything is shit.
It is bad news when the world tells you the bad news that you are wrong, unless you are ten and this happens every five minutes and the only difficulty is that adults spend most of their time pretending nothing much has gone amiss.