Famous Advice on Writing
The collected wisdom of great writers, including Vonnegut, Hemingway, Didion, Sontag, Fitzgerald, Orwell, Kerouac, Atwood, Steinbeck, and more:
Things I like: ivory, sweaters, architectural drawings, urinating, pizza (the Roman bread), staying in hotels, paper clips, the color blue, leather belts, making lists… .
Things I dislike: Television, baked beans, hirsute men, paperback books, standing, card games, dirty or disorderly apartments, flat pillows, being in the sun, Ezra Pound… .
Perhaps no work of art is art. It can onlybecome art, when it is part of the past.
Pop art: only possible in an affluent society, where one can be free to enjoy ironic consumption.
Why not eliminate schooling between age 12-16? It’s biologically psychologically too turbulent a time to be cooped up inside, made to sit all the time. During these years, kids would live communally — doing some work, anyway being physically active, in the countryside; learning about sex — free of their parents. Those four ‘missing’ years of school could be added on, at a much later age. At, say, age 50-54 everyone would have to go back to school. (One could get a deferment for a few years, in special cases, if one was in a special work or creative project that couldn’t be broken off.) In this 50-54 schooling, have strong pressure to learn a new job or profession — plus liberal arts stuff, general science (ecology, biology), and language skills.
Susan Sontag, born 80 years ago today, on writing.
I must remain always, both in principle + actively, interested in everything. Taking all of knowledge as my province.
, who would’ve celebrated her 80th birthday today.
Susan Sontag, who would’ve celebrated her 80th birthday today, on love.
Fear binds people together. And fear disperses them. Courage inspires communities: the courage of an example — for courage is as contagious as fear.
Principles invite us to do something about the morass of contradictions in which we function morally.