Tag Archives: the creative process

to submit your rough edges to the whetstone of others’ desires: Sontag and loneliness

26 Jan

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“Being alone lets you develop, become strange, be mad. If to be with people is to be socialized, to submit your rough edges to the whetstone of others’ desires, to be asocial is to be ragged and, thus, original.”

from Emily Cooke’s beautiful essay “The Lonely Ones,” on Sontag and loneliness

Do what you love. It’s gonna lead to where you want to go.

22 Jan

David Lynch on the invincibility of bliss

9 Jan

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If you’re an artist, you’ve got to know about anger without being restricted by it. In order to create, you’ve got to have energy; you’ve got to have clarity. You’ve got to be able to catch ideas. You’ve got to be strong enough to fight unbelievable pressure and stress in this world. So it just makes sense to nurture the place where that strength and clarity and energy come from — to dive in and enliven that. It’s a strange thing, but it’s true in my experience: Bliss is like a flak jacket.  It’s a protecting thing. If you have enough bliss, it’s invincibility. And when those negative things start lifting, you can catch more ideas and see them with greater understanding. You can get fired up more easily. You’ve got more energy, more clarity. Then you can really go to work and translate  those ideas into one medium or another.

— DAVID LYNCH, from Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

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