Category Archives: inspiration

Yes and No

Scott Raab: A lot of folks worry that if they aren’t available or don’t say yes, they’ll stop getting asked.
Bill Murray: If you keep saying yes, they’ll stop asking you, too.

(Bill Murray: The ESQ+A.)

Evelyn Waugh Greatly Regrets

(Via Shaun Usher.)

Related post: “Edmund Wilson Regrets…

Not Dead Yet

This generation is so dead. You ask a kid, ‘What are you doing this Saturday?’ and they’ll be playing video games or watching cable, instead of building model cars or airplanes or doing something creative. Kids today never say, ‘Man, I’m really into remote-controlled steamboats.’ They never say that.

Jack White

Well, Jack, meet Caine and his arcade:

Key to the Whole Thing

If you don’t take the money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.

Bill Cunningham

To Resolve Project

Chris Streger’s To Resolve Project:

“I decided to ask as many talented designers I knew (or didn’t know) to create a resolution for the new year as an iPhone background.”

(Via Coursekit.)

Money or Freedom, Choose One

Today on reddit, comedian and television auteur Louis C.K. took questions. It being reddit, the thing’s a pain in the ass to read, but I particularly liked this exchange:

Q: How on earth were you able to gain the incredible amount of authorial control that you have over Louie? Have you had to battle with FX over any particular jokes/concepts/creative choices?

A: I got it by demanding it and refusing to do the show any other way at all and by having the leverage that I was completely willing to walk away without doing the show and by agreeing to an extremely low budget so that they could offset the risk of giving me this freedom because they are risking less money.

Elsewhere Louis talks about how he edits his TV show by himself on his MacBook.

The whole thing reminded me of Bill Cunningham’s sage advice, “If you don’t take the money, they can’t tell you what to do.”

Day In and Day Out

(Via Curved White.)

UPDATE: Austin Kleon, internet detective par excellence, points out that the above isn’t something Robert Collier himself said, but rather the opening lines of a Florence Taylor poem.

Steve Jobs (1955–2011)

Unaired version of Apple’s 1997 “Think Different” ad narrated by Steve Jobs.

Here’s to the crazy ones indeed.

Lewis Lapham’s Desk


(Via Snarkmarket.)

On Not Tweeting

Someone has to not be tweeting all the time, someone has to be thinking about things which need a long attention span and trying to organise material and build up strong foundations instead of rushing off across the frontier. It takes a long time to put out something that has the right style; I have to really think about it and if I’m going to do it right I have to spend a lot of time focussed on it.

Donald Knuth