“So long as we find anything beautiful, we feel that we have not yet exhausted what [life] has to offer […] That forward-looking element is … inseparable from the judgment of beauty.”
— Alexander Nehamas, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, via The Beauty-Happiness Connection - The Atlantic
“Ordinarily, poetry does seem to be the opposite of show business, and we probably just prefer our poets not to be celebrities in that particular way, … It doesn’t sit well with us, and it’s very hard to explain that. Money is felt to be contaminating and to be antithetical to the values that we expect from poetry and literature and art.”
— Don Share, Chicago-based editor of Poetry magazine and poet, in: BBC News - Is it possible to be a millionaire poet? by William Kremer

George R.R. Martin Writes on a DOS-Based Word Processor From the 1980s

4.0 was the second WordStar version to work on DOS, but was a rewrite of 3.0, which had been directly ported to DOS from CP/M. Martin says that to this day it fulfills his every writing need.

I actually like it. It does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn’t do anything else.
George R.R. Martin Writes on a DOS-Based Word Processor From the 1980s —Slate [via Cal Newport: Should We Work Like Novelists?]
“Be true to your personality. Don’t temper your personality down with words. Don’t build defensive fortresses around yourself with words—words are your friends.”

This is the story of a song that travelled the world and became one of the most iconic songs of World War One. Almost 100 years after it was written, the tune and lyrics remain with us long after the guns of World War One have fallen silent.

“There is a deep desire that the writer’s life story be as exciting as the books themselves. I don’t know whether this comes out of a lack of imagination on the part of readers, our out of a yearning for the novels’ spell to continue past the final page. Probably some measure of both.”
“You can’t ruin a painting’s mystique through technical analysis," Olson says. "It still has the same emotional impact. We are just separating the real from the unreal.”
“Based on their calculations, they concluded that Monet must have painted the work between February 3rd and 7th. After studying the letters Monet wrote during that time, as well as historical weather and tidal data, they narrowed the precise date to February 5th, 1883 at 4:53 PM local time.”
“What your correspondent realized, relaxing there in his tub one day, was that the real subject of this literature was the professional-managerial audience itself, whose members hear clear, sweet reason when they listen to NPR and think they’re in the presence of something profound when they watch some billionaire give a TED talk. And what this complacent literature purrs into their ears is that creativity is their property, their competitive advantage, their class virtue. Creativity is what they bring to the national economic effort, these books reassure them — and it’s also the benevolent doctrine under which they rightly rule the world.”
“To have that flow of creativity within a friendship so that it feels like it’s spiraling upward and not just circling.”
“I need some kind of end. I like there to be a point. I was never a games night guy, but at some point social interaction starts to freak me out. So when there’s a point, it’s easier for me to see the people I love and hang out and try to have fun.”
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“I was only put on this Earth to connect with the people who were attuned.”