Lynda Barry on seeing

“I guess that’s sort of my obsession right now: showing people that drawing is this other thing than just how it looks. It’s actually a language, a way of thinking. It’s almost like having this extra brain. I’m trying get my students to see past how their drawing looks and see it rather as communication.”

— Lynda Barry (via)

Theo Inglis on timelessness

“I don’t buy into the idea that design can ever be timeless, and I think it’s unfair to promote the idea that this is something we should strive for. It’s impossible to work in a vacuum and whether we’re conscious of it or not, our aesthetic choices are influenced by the times in which we live.”

— Theo Inglis

Nick Hornby on personal libraries

“I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. My music is me, too, of course—but as I only really like rock and roll and its mutations, huge chunks of me—my rarely examined operatic streak, for example—are unrepresented in my CD collection. And I don’t have the wall space or the money for all the art I would want, and my house s a shabby mess, ruined by children… But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to article who we are, whether we read the books or not.”

— Nick Hornby (via)

Ursula K. Le Guin on perfection

“There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.”

— Ursula K. Le Guin

Frank Bures on wisdom

“It may be wiser to try to cre­ate the place you want to live, rather than to keep try­ing to find it.”

— Frank Bures

David Byrne on progress

“Presuming that there is such a thing as ‘progress’ when it comes to music is typical of the high self-regard of those who live in the present. It is a myth. Creativity doesn’t ‘improve.‘”

— David Byrne

Wisława Szymborska on Hans Christian Andersen

“He didn’t believe that you should try to be good because it pays (as today’s moral tales instantly advertise, though it doesn’t necessarily turn out that way in real life), but because evil stems from intellectual and emotional contentedness and is the one form of poverty that should be shunned.”

— Wisława Szymborska on Hans Christian Andersen

Rebecca Solnit on work

“The ways creative work gets done are always unpredictable, demanding room to roam, refusing schedules and systems. They cannot be reduced to replicable formulas.”

— Rebecca Solnit

Roger Ebert on taste

“There’s a learning process that moviegoers go through. They begin in childhood without sophistication or much taste, and for example, like “Gamera” more than “Air Force One” because flying turtles are obviously more entertaining than United States presidents. Then they grow older and develop “taste,” and prefer “Air Force One,” which is better made and has big stars and a more plausible plot. (Isn’t it more believable, after all, that a president could single-handedly wipe out a planeload of terrorists than that a giant turtle could spit gobs of flame?) Then, if they continue to grow older and wiser, they complete the circle and return to “Gamera” again, realizing that while both movies are preposterous, the turtle movie has the charm of utter goofiness–and, in an age of flawless special effects, it is somehow more fun to watch flawed ones.”

— Roger Ebert (via)

Václav Havel on fear

“The basic question one must ask is this: Why are people in fact behaving in the way they do? Why do they do all these things that, taken together, form the impressive image of a totally united society giving total support to its government? For any unprejudiced observer, the answer is, I think, self-evident. They are driven to it by fear.”

— Václav Havel