The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.
When correctly harnessed, radio can be as emotional, as funny and as satisfying as the best motion pictures or television shows.
One of the great things about [journalism today] is you don’t have to wait for permission. You don’t have to wait for somebody to give you a job to start making something that you think would be good. … The more idealistic you are about your work, the more cunning and savvy you need to be about the business side of it.
This American Life’s Ira Glass adds to the most memorable commencement speeches with some timeless words of wisdom. Pair with Glass on the secret of success in creative work.
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A great story is like a great melody: it announces its inevitable greatness and you recognize it the first time you hear it.
I hate symbolism…I’m against symbolism…I feel like symbolism comes out of English-class thinking that has no place in our entertainment.
. Half a century ago, a number of famous writers – including Jack Kerouac, Ayn Rand, Ralph Ellison, and Ray Bradbury – shared varying degrees of the same sentiment regarding symbolism
It’s rare for me to read any fiction. I almost only read nonfiction. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, I only believe in pleasures. People who call reading detective fiction or eating dessert a guilty pleasure make me want to puke. Pedophilia is a pleasure a person should have guilt about. Not chocolate.