I’m not languishing, I’m dormant
The reason that so many of us feel like we’re languishing is that we are trying to flourish in terrible conditions.
«We tend to see what we’re looking for, so if you hear the name for something, you start seeing it everywhere, and your eyes get trained to see that particular thing, while you miss everything else. (That’s why Paul Valery said that real seeing “is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.”)»
More from Austin Kleon
Leonard Cohen on perfectionism
“I found that things got a lot easier when I no longer expected to win.”
Books that suck you in and books that spin you out
Some books are centripetal - they suck you in - and some books are centrifugal - they spin you out.
«Some books are centripetal — they suck you in from other books. Some books are centrifugal — they spin you out to other books.»
Artists must be allowed to make bad work
Art critic David Sylvester on the perils of working too much in the public eye.
«think is a bad tendency, to measure every artist by his last exhibition»
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