Word Day Wednesday


I love my Kindle for it's instant purchase power and for allowing me to carry an entire bookcase, wherever I want to take it. The one feature that I don't think about unless I'm trying to recall a phrase or piece of information shoved haphazardly into my memory files, is Kindle's highlights feature. It saves those passages that I would normally, in reading a hard copy, mark in neon yellow. 

In search of some inspiring words dealing with creativity, art making and focus (keeping up with this blog, specifically) I found the following passages.

Art is one of the few places where talent and madness can actually go to squirrel away inside each other.

Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

...the theory of multiples would predict, of course: If you’re fascinated by subject X, no matter how obscure and idiosyncratic, a thousand people are out there with the same fascination.
We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell.

Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero

To develop our creative abilities, we also need to develop our practical skills in the media we want to use.
There’s little reward in an easy perfection quickly reached by many.

...It may in fact be the engagement — not the art — that you seek.

David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Reward) of Artmaking

Scrolling through Kindle highlights resulted in two things:

  1. I found the inspiration to write this post.
  2. I've decided to re-read Art and Fear. Clearly, I have more words to ingest. Feed me with a spoon, please.