“…In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.”—
Chapter 1, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Possibly one of my favorite paragraphs in history of paragraphs. It is so true and so brave.
This is, I have learned, how to have an interesting life.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”—
I was feeling awful the other day and a magical text appeared from Mike Finkel with part of this quote out of the blue.
I am perpetually aghast that, whenever conversation with friends turns to the future of print media, not a one holds attachment to the form of the newspaper. They all defend books, but I have yet to hear from someone with the same romantic attachment to interacting with the medium, and the attendant benefits of printed periodicals.
Dave Eggers is one of my people, and God love him for it. I emphatically agree with every one of the four points Nieman teases out of his lecture here - you’ve really got to go over and read it.
I was hired as a bartender in Honduras for a night at a grill run by ex-pats. I got one drink for someone and then the two proprietors/lovebirds got into a fight in the kitchen because the dude made a pizza for the female owner of a bar down the street. His gf thought this meant he was cheating on her. They shut it down at 7:05 pm.
The girlfriend felt bad about it and gave me a free beer at 10am the next day between Spanish classes. She told me a story about how she crashed a yacht in Florida. I politely declined the second beer and went back to class.
My insanely awesome photographer cousin (and more often than not wind in my sails) Catie Ronquillo, sent me this great NPR piece about this songwriter Melody Gardot who was hit by a car and how that basically turned her into a musician.
"Being on stage, and performing, are the 30-40-50 minutes of most pleasurable experience that I have. Because it’s during that time that I don’t really feel any pain, I think it’s transcendental, It’s like when you have a headache and someone punches you in the stomach and you forget all about your head. I’m so focused and intent, I forget about those things."
“It’s almost as if your brain is rummaging through everything that happened today and deciding that you’re not done with it,” Dr. Stickgold said. “The things that really grip you, the ones you decide at an emotional level are really important, those are the ones you dream about. The things you’re obsessed with are the ones that your brain forces you to continue to process.”
“We need much bigger pockets…enormous pockets, pockets big enough for our families and our friends, and even the people who aren’t on our lists, people we’ve never met but still want to protect.”—Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
Rachel Browne’s voice makes you want to buy cookies from a Girl Scout and walk around barefoot feeling indie. With a soft endearing voice and well thought out lyrics it’s pretty hard not to like Field Mouse,…
Hey Rachel, did you know about this? I found it randomly while browsing the recomended music blogs. You are an internet SUPERSTAR!
I didn’t know! Hey internet, I am on you! Thanks for the kind words, Briana. Thanks for the internet, Shira.