God’s Country

Kottke’s Workspace

In a post explaining why he’s taking a sabbatical (something, needless to say, I think everyone, in an ideal world, should be able to do), blogger extraordinaire Jason Kottke shares a pic of his workspace.

Gotta love those hardwood floors.


Outside of the Average Knowledge

“In my case, I have tried to live outside of the fashionable trends. This has got me into trouble all the time. I make my own observations, and […] I create my own world view out of the knowledge that I derive from the world itself. When you travel on foot, for example—and I don’t mean backpacking or hiking, I mean, for example, travelling on foot from Munich to Paris—you are given a world view, an insight that is different or outside of the average knowledge. I have a dictum: ‘The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.’ I do not want to explain it any further.”

—Werner Herzog, The New Yorker, April 26, 2022

Angela’s Desk

Angela (Zoë Kravitz)’s desk in Kimi (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2022)


The Northman

Exiting Exile

“Everyone must come out of his exile in his own way.”

—Martin Buber

Sit Around and Do Nothing

A quote from my buddy Austin Kleon that I found on Tumblr.



Everything Is Important

“My approach to what I do in my job — and it might even be the approach to my life — is that everything I do is the most important thing I do. Whether it’s a play or the next film. It is the most important thing. I know it’s not going to be the most important thing, and it might not be close to being the best, but I have to make it the most important thing. That means I will be ambitious with my job and not with my career. That’s a very big difference, because if I’m ambitious with my career, everything I do now is just stepping-stones leading to something — a goal I might never reach, and so everything will be disappointing. But if I make everything important, then eventually it will become a career. Big or small, we don’t know. But at least everything was important.”

Mads Mikkelsen

A Manifesto of Sorts

Learn to understand existence as being political.
Avoid art-world strategies.
Erase all known isms.
Don’t succumb to populist aesthetics.
Remove the notion of me.
Eliminate that which qualifies as a narrative.
Learn to live by the philosophy of jazz.
Only fools want to be famous (avoid at all cost).
Remain true to myself.

Jack Whitten, Notes from the Woodshed