“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—
Amen. I think I might need to do a needlepoint of this and frame it above my desk.
“Well, ya know, don’t you wanna be part of the experience? You know, what the hell, it’s not all a drag.”—From Hannah and her Sisters. That a Woody Allen character makes this observation alone makes it one of the most inspiring lines of all time. (via jmmbb)
For more than 10 years, Ms. Matei, a psychologist by training, has been pulling young women out of the hands of traffickers, sometimes by staging “kidnappings,” sometimes just by offering them a place to stay, heal and rebuild their lives.
“They are victims,” she said recently. “They are too young to be anything else.”
Almost always from poor, abusive families, the girls are sometimes sold into the trade by their own parents. Some are lured to foreign countries with promises of jobs or marriage. But once out of the country, they are sold to gangs and locked up in brothels or forced to work the streets.
I have always enjoyed the way this sounds like a cross between a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and a tango heard in the shadiest of corner bars, with one foot performing an involuntary rond de jambe under the table. “Everything it seems I like’s a little bit stronger, a little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me” is a lot of people, including me, and those people cannot do something unless it is entirely and often messily. Those of us with cravings are all of those things we lust for with the tiniest bit of superego to keep us at work on Mondays, some Mondays.
I studied a lot of contemporary Middle Eastern history and politics in school and fell in LOVE with learning about Afghanistan. I’ve always wanted to go, despite the fact I’d probably get shrapnel in my back.
This looks beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I just donated.
“A friend once told me, ‘Trust in love and it will take you where you need to go.’ I want to add ‘Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.’ And don’t worry too much about security. You will eventually have a deep security when you begin to do what you want. How many of us with our big salaries are actually secure anyway?”—Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones