Thursday, April 29, 2010

Richard Hugo:

I believe that the moment you declare yourself great you put a curse on yourself. You can get away with it in baseball (Johnny Bench) or boxing (Muhammed Ali) if you have the physical gifts to back it up. But the poet who says "I am the greatest" has damned himself forever.

The Triggering Town, p. 70

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hugh MacLeod:

Big offers are a good thing, but personal sovereignty matters a whole lot more over the long run.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, p. 20

Monday, April 19, 2010

David Bayles & Ted Orland:

Lincoln doubted his capacity to express what needed to be said at Gettysburg, yet pushed ahead anyway, knowing he was doing the best he could to present the ideas he needed to share.

Art & Fear, p. 19-20

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Highly Recommended New Book

Young artist Austin Kleon's debut, Newspaper Blackout, is available in stores everywhere, as of today. A Harper Perennial release, Newspaper Blackout features Kleon's fresh take on poetry.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hugh MacLeod:

Being good at anything is like figure skating -- the definition of being good at it is being able to make it look easy. But it never is easy. Ever. That's what the stupidly wrong people conveniently forget.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, p. 11