"Individuality resides in the way links are made." When I was in fifth grade, we practiced analogies. We'd compare things that were usually thought to be different from each other, but had similarities, i.e., knife : cut :: ruler : measure. I was smitten. Coolest exercise ever. Little did I know, analogous thinking would become an invaluable skill. The ability to notice patterns, make relationships between disparate subjects and connect unlikely dots is perhaps the most underrated skill on the planet. We just have to ask ourselves, "Did you ever notice that this looks like this?" Inspired by an interview with Anne Carton.
"With fame and reputation, you have to follow your own act." Robert Crumb makes a powerful point––success doesn't breed contempt, it breeds expectation. The audience is waiting to see what your next trick is, and they demand it to be better than the first. And if you don't deliver, they won't be happy. Tough crowd. My thought is, why not just find a new theater?
"You don’t need to write a novel if you feel at home in the world." My wedding ring is made of meteorite. Fitting, since I've always felt like kind of an alien. But after reading this interview with Andrew Barrett, I'm convinced that the very feeling of alienation is the very fuel that makes great art happen. Thank god our society produces not-of-this-world folk who take ownership of their outsiderness and alchemize it into beauty. Humankind is overrated.