“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” – Ray Bradbury
Artists are artists because they want to create beauty. It’s as simple as that. This creative urge, the decision to spend precious time writing, painting, dancing, singing, it is nothing more than our desire to leave something behind. A trace. Proof that, indeed, we were here. We were alive. We did not live in vain. Continue reading TMM: For The Love of Art
Palahniuk managed to amaze me with this novel. I’ve read it in a single night, as most of his other books, but this one was shockingly good, more than his usual standard. He increases the intensity of the novel with such finesse that when you reach the end, it feels as if you’ve gotten out of a roller coaster ride(no way of avoiding a terrible cliche here.) Continue reading Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
George Orwell. English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. A master of allegory, of being outspoken about issues such as social injustice, totalitarianism, and the importance of defending democratic principles.
Here are some interesting facts about the author of 1984. Continue reading Facts about George Orwell
Remember that time Damien Hirst put a dead shark in a tank and called it “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”?
Well…that’s what art critics said…anyone could have done it…
Yet no one until Hirst did it, right? Continue reading Modern Art
“When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove or they’re driven by an emotion they must express.
When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.”
― Robert McKee
To paraphrase Stephen King, we writers are notoriously bad at understanding our own craft. We have absolutely no idea why some days we write shit, while others we write brilliant first drafts. All we know is to sit at our desks and do our thing.
But I do have to agree with the fact that, even though writing is the most lonely of human experiences, its sole purpose is to make someone else feel less lonely.
Think about it. Continue reading Good/Bad Writing
Jeremy Mann‘s works have a dreamlike quality to them. His cityscapes, his portraits, they all resemble a mirage in the desert. Colors and shapes slowly breaking upon, dissolving into nothingness. Continue reading Showcase: Jeremy Mann
More than a few authors had to fight disease, psychological conditions, the death of loved ones, and, in spite it all, they kept writing and working on their books.
Here’s a list of some of the most “tragic” of writers. Continue reading The Dramatic Lives of Writers