"Reading" by Fabio Dellutri

I often hear people say that they no longer read novels; that if they’re going to take the time to read a book, they want to learn something.

But “nonfiction” means neither objective nor important.

Fiction teaches empathy and truth about the impossible diversity human experience: This is NOT a waste of time.

Reading novels is both enjoyable and enlightening. Practice it. Allow yourself.

(And for some book-loving inspiration, check out my favorite tumblr blog, Bookshelf Porn.)

Quote: Love, Age, and Beauty

There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.

Françoise Sagan (#quote in article)

A Passing Thought

The market for something to believe in is infinite

Hugh MacLeod (via nuradical) #quote

Missing inspiration?

I don’t worry about inspiration. I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, ‘Well, now it’s writing time and now I’ll write.’ There’s no difference on paper between the two.

Frank Herbert, science fiction writer (via @academicladder)

And Van Halen sings “Write now!”

If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who would listen to me if I do? You’re a human being with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. Yours enlarges the circle.

Richard Rhodes: How to Write: Advice and Reflections, Harper, 1995.

La carte blanche

That initial element contains an enormous number of built-in decisions that limit the scope of the intellectual or visual problem at hand, thankfully preventing the paralysis that results from the overwhelming unlimited scope of decision contained in a blank page or empty space. The initial element provides a leverage point for expression. Also that starting element helps to find a problem that one can actually make progress on.

Blank page by Freidwall, on Flickr

Edward Tufte’s The blank page, the empty space, the paradox of choice on Ask E.T. Forum, 2006.  {This was one of my inspirations for The Blank Page: Effects of Constraint on Creativity}