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George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
"It might be more accurate to say that it occurred to him to do so; in a split-second, with no accompanying language, except maybe a very quiet internal 'Yes.'
"He just liked it better that way, for reasons he couldn’t articulate, and before he’d had the time or inclination to articulate them.
"An artist works outside the realm of strict logic."
"The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
"The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in 'real life' – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
"And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual."
george_saunders  guardian  writer  writing  author  essay  book  2017  2010s  art  expression  logic  donald_barthelme  gerald_stern  albert_einstein  quote  method  empathy  social_media  leo_tolstoy  problem  fiction  metaphor 
march 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
venkatesh_rao  2010  2010s  james_c_scott  blog  organization  failure  reality  society  philosophy  order  utopia  power  nature  control  government  nomad  gypsy  mainstream  map  structure  germany  metaphor  simple  eye  psychology  anxiety  steven_johnson  brain  pattern  name  philippines  vision  reform  city  urban_planning  book  review  caste  architecture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
I want to marry my wife’s stepmother -
aw I miss Cary Tennis.
" each person comes up to me I hand them a yellow 3-by-5 card and say, 'Quit drinking. See a therapist. Next.'"
"See a professional. I'm not a professional anything. I am just a person with an Internet connection. You should see a professional. But here is what I think anyway. I think that before you do this you need to figure out why you want to do it."
"Self-knowledge is not just a luxury. It's more a responsibility. It's like learning to drive right so you don't run people down."
salon  advice  cary_tennis  2011  2010s  therapy  relationship  affair  divorce  family  self-help  awareness  life  driving  metaphor  quote  suicide 
february 2016 by cluebucket
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is | Whatever
"You can lose playing on the lowest difficulty setting. The lowest difficulty setting is still the easiest setting to win on."
john_scalzi  writing  metaphor  racism  sexism  discrimination  privilege  gaming  gender  computer  analogy  life  difficulty  2012  2010s 
july 2013 by cluebucket
Maria Bamford's 'Special Special Special!' Online |
"Ms. Bamford takes a moment to imagine what’s it like to believe in God, spinning out a carefully wrought metaphor: 'You know when you are in a third-world shantytown at midnight, and you’re terrified, but then off in the distance you see the glowing logo of an international conglomerate, and you just feel like: Everything’s going to be O.K.' Then she added: 'Maybe it’s time I seek the Exxon within.'

"It’s a funny, well-written joke delivered with the solemn tone of a woman thrilled to find solace. Her parents didn’t laugh. That silence is fascinating."
maria_bamford  jason_zinoman  nytimes  2012  2010s  comedian  video  review  writing  criticism  audience  comedy  stand-up  parenting  mental_health  family  faith  joke  metaphor  quote  corporation  funny  silence 
december 2012 by cluebucket

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