In musing on 28 March 2011 at 11:40 pm
As far as work ethic goes, we all prefer the muse. At least I do.
But as another Meredith told me recently, muses don’t exist. Neither does writers block. No excuses. And since her name was Meredith, I put away my defensive missiles and flat out believed her. I have such great faith in fellow Merediths.
But instead of the academic grind, the meandering journey of discovery is quite preferable. It’s why I frequently pause in the middle of something – scribbling lyrical thoughts in margins, writing ideas on post it notes, creating drafts of links to elaborate later. Somehow it’s meaningful, entertaining the muse that delightfully interrupts, but never shows up when truly needed.
It’s the creative in me, and in all of us who share this attraction to distraction, thinking that penning down an idea will get me somewhere, one day.
If nothing else, it makes all of this academic (or not) nonsense endurable. It doesn’t speak much for productivity, but then again, we aren’t machines. Be vulnerable to being human, and see where it leads you. Give a little, and open your eyes to the return.
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In musing on 28 March 2011 at 11:01 am
Scott Schuman is editor of The Satorialist, the most successful fashion blog of-the-moment, or really, for the past 5 or 6 years. Schuman is famous for photos of normal people on the streets, in casual stance, taking account of the fashion that appears not in the runway, but in the world.
There’s an excellent little YouTube documentary here, which explains what the Satorialist does – window shopping in other places, other neighborhoods. It’s one of the many places in which the beauty of the Internet has emerged; we no longer need locality in order to understand community.
In the fashion blog community, Schuman is king.
It’s why his Monday morning post caught me off-guard:
I saw this young lady in Milan several times this past season. She is one of the crop of new bloggers. I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the the press and tend to represent the genre.
The subtle thing she achieves so successfully in these two looks is to complement the sturdy but beautiful shape of her legs with an equally strong shoe. A daintier shoe would be overpowered but these shoes create a beautiful harmony for the lower half of her body.
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In writing on 23 March 2011 at 10:22 am
Looking at the two texters, I wondered: Why aren’t these people talking to each other? I also wondered if they were enjoying their work. That used to be a big reason why people became journalists: to give themselves–and their readers–a good time. That bug bit me when I was a young boy reading of the New York Herald Tribune, which I would spread out on the rug because I was too small to hold it open. I marveled that a paper existed that seemed to have been written just for me. Its articles usually had an extra touch of humanity or humor–some gift of themselves that the reporters were offering to the world–and I knew that that’s what I wanted to do. I’m still trying to do it.
William Zinsser from “Working for Tina Brown”
In musing on 21 March 2011 at 12:30 am
Conversely, therefore, we may call a “writer” any sender whose “message” cannot be summarized: a condition which the writer shares with the madman, the compulsive talker, and the mathematician, but which it is precisely writing’s task to specify. (Roland Barthes)
Writing certainly is madness.
In Techno-logy on 8 March 2011 at 5:47 pm
New obsession: mix tapes.
Not only a new interest in mix tapes, but in music in general… tapering off of my 8 month fascination with podcasts and talk radio, it is fun getting back into the swing of things.
In making the mix tapes, I tried to curb my taste for obsession by following the rules, not just merging all of my favorites. Rules, such as not including the same artist twice, mixing from the same genre, and also notes about the progression of the album, including the importance of track 9.
The artist rule served me well, but I may have missed the genre mark a bit. I mixed alternative with pop at points, but tried to keep it mellow enough in the middle to set apart the climax.
Anyway, here it is, and whether or not you like it, I. Feel. Cool.
Mix no. 1: hip electric and such