Friday, August 30, 2013

In search of the real thing

  Novelist Sherman Alexie generated hundreds of tweets, puns, grammar jokes and arguments with the simple Twitter post embedded above: “Grammar cops are rarely good writers. Imagination always disobeys,” he wrote.
You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand.  How did you get this key?  What does it lock or unlock? Bukowski and Alexie rock!

It seems that we recognise talent far more easily when it’s accompanied by success ~ Ach, what a talented world we live in. These days, hole up in a hotel room almost anywhere in the world, turn on the TV and, depending where you are, you might soon find yourself deeply immersed in the latest episode of, say, Slovakia’s Got Talent. I know it when I see it

In our work-ethic-as-self-worth culture, we ignore the importance of laziness to a life well lived. Leisure, not doing, is so terrifying in our culture that we cut it up into small, manageable chunks throughout our working year in case an excess of it will drive us mad, and leave the greatest amount of it to the very end, in the half-conscious hope that we might be saved from its horrors by an early death. What do you do all day ---The Art of Surviving