Ohio State Buckeyes, 42.
University of Michigan Wolverines, 41.
#greatrivalry #beatmichigan (at Michigan Stadium)
Ohio State Buckeyes, 42.
As you have it in your power, sir, to do some service to letters, I implore you not to clip the wings of our writers so closely, nor to turn into barn-door fowls those who, allowed a start, might become eagles; reasonable liberty permits the mind to soar — slavery makes it creep.
— Voltaire, born on this day in 1694, on censorship – fantastic 1733 letter to a government official (via explore-blog)
I’m looking for somebody who has a positive attitude and is confident enough to express their ideas. They’re confident enough to disagree with me, confident enough to say what they think and paint a picture of the future as they see it. But at the same time, they’re questioning whether there is some better solution and whether they’re right or not. It’s this balance between confidence and questioning. This represents a kind of curiosity, an open, child-like mind of being enthusiastic enough to talk about their ideas—and questioning them enough to build on that idea rather than think it’s all done.
Business wisdom. #teambuilding #startup
Eli Cash and Royal Tennenbaum.
Louis Sciarli, photography of Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier, Marseille, 1960s. Via Leclere
Love me some Le Corbusier.
Personally, I like paper and ink better than glowing pixels, but to each his own. Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on. All the new media will inevitably change the look, function, and maybe even the purpose of comics, but comics are vibrant and versatile, so I think they’ll continue to find relevance one way or another. But they definitely won’t be the same as what I grew up with.
— Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson on the evolving role of the comic strip in today’s culture. Complement with Watterson’s remarkable 1990 commencement address on creative integrity, then revisit the comic genre’s finest masterpieces of the past year. (via explore-blog)
Sad but true. #calvinandhobbes
If I dismiss the ordinary — waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen — I may just miss my life. […] To allow ourselves to spend afternoons watching dancers rehearse, or sit on a stone wall and watch the sunset, or spend the whole weekend rereading Chekhov stories—to know that we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing — is the deepest form of permission in our creative lives. The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state. We read Emily Dickinson. We watch the dancers. We research a little known piece of history obsessively. We fall in love. We don’t know why, and yet these moments form the source from which all our words will spring.
Two interesting nuggets from this week’s box office report by Andrew Stewart — first:
So far, “Gravity” has amassed a stellar $170.6 million domestically, of which Imax has contributed more than 22%, with $38 million. Premium formats, particularly Imax, have become a major selling point for “Gravity,” lifting its playability.
A great film, hugely cinematic in scope shown on IMAX is like gasoline on a fire when it comes to making money. Hollywood will not only recognize this, they’ll go overboard and everything will be on IMAX next summer. Naturally, they’ll forget the key “great film” and “hugely cinematic in scope” elements and many films won’t do well in the format.
Fox’s “The Woverine” is the latest film to get the coveted B.O. boost from China, bowing there with $13.6 million and bringing the film’s total international tally to nearly $260 million. Globally, “Wolverine” has cumed more than $390 million.
The Wolverine, while a massive improvement over the first Wolverine film, wasn’t a huge success in the U.S. (certainly not when compared to the other X-Men films). And yet, it’s doing twice as well overseas as it is in the U.S., which means we’ll definitely get another one. The U.S. continues to matter less and less when it comes to the box office.
Being a writer is about being a reader first and what you like to read… The diversity of your work reflects, to some extent, your taste in what you like to read over the course of your life. I feel very strongly that writers ought to write the kinds of books they would like to read.
Michael Chabon on the osmosis of reading and writing at the New Yorker Festival 2013, echoing Henry Miller’s meditation on writing and the influence of reading.
Also see Mortimer Adler on marginalia as the yin-yang of reading and writing, then revisit these essential books on how to read more intelligently and write better.(via explore-blog)
Dig seeing this new brand identity for On Being in action. Spent months shepherding this baby to fruition.
Submission by Italian graphic designer, Corrado Matteoni.
On the desk:
Apple MacBook Aluminium
Apple Cinema Display 20”
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Just Mobile XTand
Twelve South BookArc
The desk is made on top with a wood table for kitchen IKEA, cut at right dimensions.
The legs are IKEA.
The chair is also from IKEA but it is out of production.
I’m an Italian graphic designer and this is the desk that I can use at home. I have no space, the maximum width that I can use is 80cm so I choice this minimal solution.
The New Testament never quotes Joshua, Judges, it rarely quotes Chronicles, or nearly any literature of that genre. It (The New Testament) never cites the "Yahweh as warrior" kinds of texts that one finds in the Jewish scriptural tradition, and the reason is that Jesus has redefined the character of God.
— Michael Hardin (via weakforces)
I always felt there were three steps in writing:
The first step, which is the anticipation of writing — wonderful, because there you are with an abstract idea, and you’re quite sure that you can do it, and it’s going to be quite wonderful, and you can visualize all the wonderful sales, the interviews, the reviews; you start to write your Nobel acceptance speech. And so that’s great, because there’s nothing real there, in the anticipation of writing.
Number three is the other end of that, having finished — and that’s a wonderful feeling, because number two is an agony all the way.
— 50 years after writing The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster reflects on writing and the anxiety of the creative process. (via explore-blog)