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austinnormancore asked: Do you have any ways of finding inspiration to write when there's just nothing there?

johndarnielle:

I addressed this a little in a question about “writers’ block” a while back - nobody’s going to be feeling inspired every day, but if you regard writing as work (and regard work as a positive thing, a thing we want to do, a thing that is part of our nature: mine, anyway), then you can take inspiration down a peg or two, which is useful. Writing is work. Some degree of inspiration is needed — the initial spark, the idea, the desire to convey something to another person or to explain something to yourself. But that’s a very small amount of the process, in my view. After that it’s work — good work, valuable work, rewarding work. Asking inspiration to do the work is like trying to make bread with only yeast. You can make bread without yeast — the bread you make without yeast can still be good, the work undertaken without inspiration probably less so — but you can’t make it without the other stuff: some sort of flour, water, maybe a little salt, maybe a sweetening agent to feed the yeast. Not to get to over-precious with the metaphor but as sugar feeds yeast, lived experience tends to feed inspiration — I think people maybe misconceive of “lived experience” in this context as Big Life Events or whatever but it’s really also any thing or combination of things that takes you out of thinking about yourself and your creativity and into the realm of momentary experience, any small thing: a walk to the store, some work in the garden, an hour in the kitchen. Presumably, to finish out the details of the metaphor pre-modern style, the flour and water are the essential tools of the work: words or sentences or colors or notes, the raw materials without which inspiration is just a feeling. (I say “just,” but sometimes lately I just let that inspired feeling bubble a little, maybe save it for tomorrow: this has become a powerful practice, for me, and relates to some ideas I have about how live performance is ultimately where it’s really at.) 

tl;dr: if my writing seems dry and I’m not firing on all cylinders I usually go into the kitchen and bake some bread.

Confirmed: Darnielle ‘GETS IT’.

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joestanton:

chrisgriswold:

mugglesandmagic:



These guys need to deal with their feelings.

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joestanton:

chrisgriswold:

mugglesandmagic:

These guys need to deal with their feelings.

jesus h

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The Tickles email thread (“Re: Tickle Time” since late 2009) is a great thing I wish everyone had in their life.

The Tickles email thread (“Re: Tickle Time” since late 2009) is a great thing I wish everyone had in their life.

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liartownusa:

Oh Fuck These Lighthouses 2014 Calendar (sample pages)

This is really something. 

liartownusa:

Oh Fuck These Lighthouses 2014 Calendar (sample pages)

This is really something. 

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"Take dead aim on the rich boys. 
Get them in the crosshairs… 
And take them down. 
Just remember: 
They can buy anything, 
But they can’t 
Buy backbone. 
Don’t let them forget that. 
Thank you.” 

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"People only fight when they’re miserable. So if they want to be miserable, let them do their thing. It’s like if you see poop on the street, don’t be like, “Oh, I hate poop!” and then step in it on purpose and smear it around and participate in the poop. That’s sort of the same thing."

Rob Delaney

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That Post cover is just the worst. It makes the driver sound like a monster, when the truth is probably somewhere in-between. Here’s a DNAInfo article that lays it all out:

As the train entered the curve, sources said, Rockefeller was jolted from his sleep and hit the brake, but not in time. The cars derailed, and several careened onto their sides before grinding to a halt on the edge of the Harlem River. Four people were killed, three of whom were thrown out of the cars, and more than 60 others were injured.

Rockefeller, 46, has been an engineer for roughly 11 years and a Metro-North employee for 20 years, and has an unblemished record.

Sources said he took a drug and alcohol test, and they do not believe either was a factor in the crash.

They declined to provide details of Rockefeller’s statements, which were given within minutes of the disaster, when paramedics and investigators arrived at the scene to offer assistance and try to learn what happened.

Prosecutors subpoenaed Rockefeller’s cellphone, but sources said they do not believe he was using it at the time of the tragedy.

Instead, sources said he virtually admitted that he fell asleep as the train roared through a straight, 70 mph zone, heading toward one of the sharpest curves on the 75-mile trip that started at 5:54 a.m. in Poughkeepsie, bound for New York City.

Obviously, things happen. People are known to fall asleep behind the wheel. He wasn’t drunk or using illegal drugs, and he’s just as shaken up as everyone else. The guy is cooperating with authorities, and is in shock over the whole thing. Let’s not demonize him, New York Post.

(Source: azipaybarah)