The Enlightenment emerged from a 150-year “staccato burst” of European philosophy. Why did these thinkers — Hobbes, Descarte, Voltaire, Rousseau — write as they did?
Every generation discovers its own Edgar Allan Poe. Now gig-economy writers have a kindred spirit: Poe, too, was a broke-ass Free Lancers
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"Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.”
“It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.”
“There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.”
Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Insane Daily Routine“Blogging is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money."
Anaïs Nin: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
Consolation for those moments when you can’t tell whether you’re “the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world.”
David Ogilvy: 10 No-Bullshit Tips on Writing
“Never write more than two pages on any subject.”
Annie Dillard on Writing “At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you.”
“You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”
Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews