quotes

“There is no humanity in the state. What runs the world is economics and politics, and they have nothing to do with the spiritual life. So we are left with this void. It is the job of the artist to create the new myths. Myths come from the artists.”

— Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Chris Goodrich in Publisher’s Weekly (1985)

“Walden is the only book I own, although there are some others unclaimed on my shelves. Every man, I think, reads one book in his life, and this is mine. It is not the best book I ever encountered, perhaps, but it is for me the handiest, and I keep it about me in much the same way one carries a handkerchief-for relief in moments of defluxion or despair.”

— E.B. White, “Visitors to the Pond”

“The result may feel good and empowering, but it also creates the distorted impression that an individual’s good work, alone, will translate to a proportional reward. Conversely, failures stemming from other factors—like ingrained structural prejudice or simply bad timing—may too easily be misattributed to an individual’s lack of commitment, failure to work hard enough, or insufficient love-doing. A culture of self-help advice fosters a belief that we exist in a pure meritocracy, where everything is fair, and that our shared work of shaping an equitable community is done.

This is not the world we live in.”

— Kelli Anderson, The Price of Advice (via)

“Some designers have a personal signature, and if you hire them it’s because you want to make it look their way, but for you. I’m not like that. I use the metaphor of a doctor. I want sick patients that I can diagnose and give a prescription to.”

— Michael Bierut (via)

“I asked myself, why is the first work of a writer, of a screenwriter, a playwright, almost always a success? Because he still belongs to an audience. The more he goes away from the audience, the more he loses contact, and what I tried to do my whole life was not to lose contact with the audience.”

— Fritz Lang (via)

“The art department became the whipping boys, because if a book didn’t sell, if the editor had made a mistake, if the marketing people hadn’t pulled their finger out, if they had pulled it out in the wrong direction, they could always say, ‘Sorry, it was the cover, it was never the book, it was never anything else.’ So you got lots of flack in spite of the fact that they had all in a democratic way sat around a table and said, 'Yes, we’ll go with that.’”

David Pelham

“One distinguishing characteristic of the American work is its imaginative use of photography. This, the most widely used graphic technique in American motion picture advertising, maybe have developed in order to satisfy the generally skeptical attitude of the consumer, which harks back to the circus days when the only proof was in the seeing. The photography seems to carry the necessary reassurance that what is promised will be there.”

— Saul Bass on the prevalence of photography in film posters. Graphis #48, 1953

"I think I’ll be fine, but I never want to rest on my laurels. I’m from the place where the cod went away, and then everybody was fucked. Like, there’s always a bit of insecurity."

— Kate Beaton (via)