“I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can’t be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head. Love is an illusion, but I would willingly fall for it if I could believe in it. Now everything seems far and sad and cold, like a piece of shale at the bottom of a canyon—or warm and near and unthinking, like a pink dogwood. God, let me think clearly and brightly; let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences….”—Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Sylvia Plath
Montaigne so makes me smile. I just blew close to a hundred bucks online a few days ago on books. One of my spoils is Montaigne’s The Complete Works. Can’t wait to read the pioneer blog of human history :) (I hope I’ve not been blasphemous!)
"By expecting too much of ourselves, he thought, and trying to remain in control of every experience, we actually undermine that control. We lose contact with our nature, and thus we lose our ability to understand or judge situations correctly. This makes us foolish as well as miserable. Not understanding ourselves, we can understand nothing else either."
“I want so to live that I work with my hands and my feeling and my brain. I want a garden, a small house, grass, animals, books, pictures, music. And out of this, the expression of this, I want to be writing (Though I may write about cabmen. That’s no matter.) But warm, eager, living life — to be rooted in life — to learn, to desire, to feel, to think, to act. This is what I want. And nothing less. That is what I must try for.”—
“I actually like being motivated by that burning desire to do something. I like giant leaps. They’re fun, because they scare everyone around you!”—
Yup, especially the last part. If doing something scares you and makes you feel alone, up the scare factor so that everyone else gets scared together with you. (Since you are already at it, might as well…)
“3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose. For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience worth paying a premium for.”