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Tangled Nodes: Self Observation Notes #2 | Hawthonn
"Can you imagine rising early in the morning, trudging to the cloister of Desmodus and kneeling on the sodden earth to lick the dew from the rough superfices of the rock? To tongue and bite the celestial mosses that adhere to the surface, and rub cheeks against the rough scabs of lichen? To take a blessed chipping, a pebble relic, and grind it between your front teeth? To lie with the slug, face down on the rock, and kiss the shadow-mouth of your own daemon as it reclines beneath you? To hope that it will whisper the secrets of the dragon’s angle, or the chain of winds, or an impulsive rite: chew on the holly leaf; sculpt your god from mud; take up arms against the brambles."
writing  hauntology  myth 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Change of Place: Kasarani-Gaza-Ferguson – The New Inquiry
"Geographies stitch together, overlap, unmake the distinctions we trace in atlases. We learn to name place, to designate space, to assign fixity to scenes and sites of unmaking. Perhaps the only truth that remains is: “this used to be (called).”"
writing 
23 days ago by warrenellis
Inhuman Nature
"the futurity that inheres in storms and wrecks"
extinction  books  writing 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Satanic Service of Fireflies | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
The photon emission resulting from the reaction would tell her just how well her special cells were expressing His Biological Namesake, from which she could determine just how busy this gene du jour was. It never mattered to her what gene she was testing; she was just there for the light. She’d trick the cells into expressing luciferin, open them up, and swirl in His enzyme.
sci  writing 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Polling Your Intestinal Flora: How A Writer Cultivates Instinct « terribleminds: chuck wendig
"WRITE A LOT

"Is it Stephen King’s one million words? Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours? Chuck Wendig’s six shitty trunk novels and four billion tears spilled onto the dry dead earth of literature and publishing? Choose whatever arbitrary number you like, but the idea remains the same –

"You do this thing by doing this thing. You learn to write first and foremost by jolly well fucking writing."
writing 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Brilliance of Louis C.K.'s Emails: He Writes Like a Politician - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic
"So Louie gives fans the sense that they're being let in on the process, while also carefully guarding your sense of what he's like. He acknowledges the theater of what he does for a living, the absurdity of trying to communicate with hundreds of thousands of people all at once, and the privilege of his position—all within the framework of the "guy who is sitting here." The message he ends up sending is that Louie may not be the underdog anymore but he's clearly rooting for the underdog, and maybe that means he's rooting for you."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
You Wouldn't Like Jonathan Franzen When He's Angry
"Think of all the women who have never slept with Jonathan Franzen. His anger must grow by the day. Soon it will envelop the world, and we will be forced to bow down in chains before it, and create ziggurats out of human corpses as terrible tribute. Some of these women who Failed To Fuck Jonathan Franzen might now be on Twitter, which is wrong because of a German essayist who is now dead."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Narrative of Fragments – The New Inquiry
"In their introduction to the Fall 1997 issue of The Seneca Review, Deborah Tall and John D’Agata christened and defined the lyric essay. It “forsake[s] narrative line, discursive logic, and the art of persuasion in favor of idiosyncratic meditation…It might move by association, leaping from one path of thought to another by way of imagery or connotation, advancing by juxtaposition or sidewinding poetic logic. Generally it is short, concise and punchy like a prose poem. But it may meander, making use of other genres when they serve its purpose: recombinant, it samples the techniques of fiction, drama, journalism, song, and film.” It is, in other words, a mash-up: borrowing from all, beholden to none. It likes to betray the genres from which it borrows, making wily little jabs at their most dearly held conventions."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Julian Cope interview: 'I live in a visionary state … I'm a wild beast' | Culture | The Guardian
Did he enjoy being a pop star? "No, I hated it. I hated the assholes. And I hated the fact … it's what Smithy [Mark E Smith] said himself, that all the English bands act like peasants with free milk." What did he mean? "All their belligerence went and they turned into forelock-tugging gruelheads as soon as they were around record company types."
drugs  music  writers  writing 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Sorrow in the Balkans | Virtual Vita Nuova
"Sorrow never stops in the Balkans. It’s the favorite topic, the inspiration, the poetic lament. It’s the history."
war  writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Writers’ Blog-Tour: Nick Harkaway
"I sort of made up my own genre. io9 called Angelmaker “existential pulp“, I think because I have this enduring fascination with ontology as a plot device. "
writing  writers 
may 2014 by warrenellis
In the Spirit of Peter Matthiessen | The Stream | OutsideOnline.com
“I said, ‘You know, I am 82. My best work is behind me. I want to go down with you.’ … It was whitewater and tumbling boulders and waterfalls, everything from side to side and there wasn't any open water there.... When we got to the bottom of this thing, at the end of the run, we were just like two little boys. We were just grinning from ear to ear. I was just so happy. I never thought I would have an adventure again like that. I have had a lot of them in my life, but I didn’t expect one at my age. So that was my last thrill.”
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
The art of anticipation — The Message — Medium
"So, seasons of TV have become potent, flexible bundles of content, and the design of a season’s shape and its pace and all the attendant anticipation is a task that’s suddenly super interesting, super creative. I think there’s a real opportunity now to splice this seasonal thinking and the fun of waiting (but not for too long) into other media."

Robin Sloan, ahead of the pack yet again.
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Placelessness - postarchitectural
"What I have been thinking about lately though is placelessness, how home fades away and where home seeps in. I have been in and out, but for many of the people on this project home for the last five months has been somewhere between a hotel and a conference room. Strange things happen when home disappears."
travel  writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Science! and Other Off-the-Wall Études
"Professing values inconsistent with your visible incentives is a kind of naive arrogance. You’re asking people to believe in your superhuman powers. Signal your hidden incentives and hide visible ones selectively to really shape what people think you’ll do."
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
"Those Projects" — Studio D Radiodurans
"It’s those projects that rapidly evaporate any tolerance for bullshit."
writing  work  peopleIknow 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers - Open Culture
"Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”"
writing 
march 2014 by warrenellis
James Franco on Shia LaBeouf’s Recent Antics - NYTimes.com
"At times I have felt the need to dissociate myself from my work and public image. In 2009, when I joined the soap opera “General Hospital” at the same time as I was working on films that would receive Oscar nominations and other critical acclaim, my decision was in part an effort to jar expectations of what a film actor does and to undermine the tacit — or not so tacit — hierarchy of entertainment."
work  writing 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Another Way To Breathe - Tracks Of The Year 2013
Kieron Gillen's tracks of the year. Always a good read.
writing 
january 2014 by warrenellis
Toward a Drone Sexuality – Part 1: Knowledge and consent » Cyborgology
"We—the dronesexual, the recently defined, though we only call ourselves this name to ourselves and only ever with the deepest irony—we’re never sure whether the humming is pleasure or whether it’s a form of transmission, but we also don’t really care…There are no dronesexual support groups. We don’t have conferences. There is no established discourse around who we are and what we do. No one writes about us but us, not yet."
drones  writing  sex  philosophy 
december 2013 by warrenellis
You Remember the Planes | New Writing | Granta Magazine
"...you were astonished by the design of the plane, its strangeness and unexpected beauty, all wing, all flight, a metal beast born in the empyrean, in a realm of pure, everlasting fire..."
writing 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Twine: a tool for creating interactive stories
Create your own interactive stories with Twine, the same tool used to produce the stories on this Web site.
software  writing  app  cyoa 
august 2013 by warrenellis
ThoughtMesh: Forging the Future
(old link) The Forging the Future Mesh is a collection of essays and resources related to variable media preservation. The Mesh is organized by Forging the Future, a consortium of museums and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to exploring, developing, and sharing new vocabularies and tools for cultural preservation.
future  writing 
june 2013 by warrenellis
This Is What Happens When Publishers Invest In Long Stories ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
"We decided to experiment with a new, super-long article format akin to "slow live blogging." When we looked at the traffic charts below, our jaws dropped. Here's what we learned about long form stories--and why quality, not velocity, is the future of online news."
journalism  writing  stats 
may 2013 by warrenellis
How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future — Tech News and Analysis
"The NYT’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century."
news  writing  journalism 
may 2013 by warrenellis
dOCUMENTA (13)’s 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts // Alejandro Jodorowsky
"The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion."
writing  notebooks 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Rhizome | Xul Solar's Possible Futures
"Only collective inventions have any real value, Xul Solar once told his close friend and fellow Porteño Jorge Luis Borges, trying to convince him (unsuccessfully) to write in Neo-Criollo, one of the two languages he had invented and the one he himself preferred to use for writing and conversation.  Such was the importance to Solar of friendship, sodalities esoteric and otherwise, and cooperation.  These days the artist, who died 50 years ago this month and whose close friendship with Borges is at the heart of an ongoing exhibition at the Americas Society in New York, is remembered less for his hermetic, often illegibly coded mystical watercolor paintings than for the collective séance that he made of his particular corner of Buenos Aires' cosmopolitan avant-garde of the 1920s and the decades that followed."
witers  writing  weird 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Green Pages | Near Future Laboratory
"For those of you who haven’t subscribed, or don’t know about it, Green Pages is Design Fiction operationalized. Green Pages makes Design Fiction into something the entertainment industry can use directly."
future  writing  design+fiction  media 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Michael Chabon and Junot Díaz: Living on the page
"There’s few people who would argue that one does not have to cut a deal with reality to spend so much time on these projects,” Díaz says. “Whether you’re a young artist, or you’re an artist late in their career, you have made a f–king deal with reality. You’re not going to be in the world as much as a normal person, I don’t think."
writing  writers 
december 2012 by warrenellis
Surgeon « mary anne hobbs
"...this is the Surgeon… one of the most fascinating men i ever met.. President of the Russian motorcycle club the Night Wolves..."
writing 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The notebooks contain quotations that struck Lichtenberg, titles of books to read, autobiographical sketches, and short or long reflections. It is those reflections that help Lichtenberg earn his posthumous fame. Today he is regarded as one of the best aphorists in the Western intellectual history. Some scholars have attempted to distil a system of thought out of Lichtenberg's scattered musings. However, Lichtenberg was not a professional philosopher, and had no need to present, or to have, any consistent philosophy."
writing  notes 
november 2012 by warrenellis
The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings
"I will write in the Notebook every day. (Model: Lichtenberg’s Waste Books.)"
writing  notes 
november 2012 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Lebbeus Woods, 1940-2012
"...we should all have, as he phrased it, a "difficult New Year." That is, we should all look forward to, even seek out or purposefully engineer, a new year filled with the kinds of challenges Lebbeus felt, rightly or not, that we deserved to face, fight, and, in all cases, overcome—the genuine and endless difficulty of pursuing our own ideas and commitments, absurd goals no one else might share or even be interested in."
architecture  writing 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Rising Spimes - Charlie's Diary
"The idea of a magic paper writing book, wherein you write your first draft using a pen and paper, and it magically appears in a word processor afterwards, is a marvel to behold. Almost as much of a marvel as the speech recognition software I am using to draft this blog entry."
writers  writing  spimeworld  comp 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Louis C.K. -- 'Louie', Emmy Noms, Stand-Up, And What He Likes To Watch
"The best part of having his deal is that not every one of the stories within the structure of his series has to be 22 minutes — or, if there are two, exactly 11 minutes. “That’s one of the things that excited me from the start,” C.K. said. “John Landgraf told me he didn’t care if I did 1, 2, 3, 4 stories or half a story. Of course, some of it is just crap, and in that sense it doesn’t matter how long it is.”"
tv  writing 
july 2012 by warrenellis
Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan, and David Milch Interview - GQ June 2012: Movies + TV: GQ
"The creators of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Deadwood are this generation's auteurs. Brett Martin sits them down to discuss the future of television"
writing  tv 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Fuck you, Sizemore!
Sizemore on writing process - adapting a comic book into an animated pilot
writing 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Lonely Highways in the Land of Jail – The New Inquiry
"The suggestion of a ghostly tongue bath was perhaps too much for Foucault to swallow."
writing 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Remembering Anthony Shadid | Foreign Policy
"Once, on a trip to Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, he purchased a video disc from a tea shop. Unlike Starbucks, which once sold music intended to relax the listener, the offering in Tikrit was titled "Anger." It was a compilation of bloody images of U.S. and insurgent attacks that was sickening to watch. Anthony bought it not because of its shock value, but because he knew he needed to see it to understand how Iraqi public opinion was being shaped."
writing  war  culture 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Cult Den interview answers - Jeff Noon, Feb 2012. -      MOVIES.SHOWS.COMICS.BOOKS.GAMES.MORE
"Science Fiction is a massive, ever-expanding experiment with content, and I love it for that, I really do. Nothing else comes close. But I’m always surprised by the way the genre tends (apart from some notable examples) to ignore the experimentation of form. Form is the Host, Content is the Virus." 
sf  writing 
february 2012 by warrenellis
BBC - Adam Curtis Blog: DREAM ON
"I want to tell an odd, romantic, but ultimately very sad story that shows where this fear of possession on the left comes from. It is set during last the time that British, European and American students tried to be a vanguard for revolution. It shows how that fear can easily lead to a pessimistic belief that all one's dreams for a better future are just illusions - and how that pessimism then came to paralyse the left in Britain throughout the eighties and nineties." I rarely completely agree with Adam Curtis' work, but find his arguments fascinating.
pol  writing 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Where the F**k Was I? (A Book)
"Francesco Pedraglio, who I saw perform at the National Portrait Gallery last week, spoke of “non-experiential memories”. He meant things which had not happened, but of which we have memories nonetheless. He meant delusions. (In the same evening, Tom McCarthy said “Realism is a literary style with no more purchase on the real than Burroughs or Gysin”.)"
books  writing 
june 2011 by warrenellis
More Speculative Realism
" As I see it, truth is a matter of allusion, not of representational picture-drawing. To improve as a writer means primarily to improve one’s allusive and suggestive power."
writing 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Featured Quote: Susan Sontag on the Photographer as Flâneur
"...photography first comes into its own as an extension of the eye of the middle-class flâneur, whose sensibility was so accurately charted by Baudelaire. The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes… "
quote  writing  social 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Paranoia Man by Charlie Huston | Mulholland Books
"Mutant robots rule the world. Until disproved, this is my working hypothesis."
writing 
june 2011 by warrenellis
From John Cage to Liars via Nurse With Wound - A Brief History of Post-Industrial / In Depth // Drowned In Sound
"..let's take a walk through a small cross section of 20th century leftfield / outsider / industrial music from the early pioneers through to the isolated humans of post 60's liberation leading on to more recent popular outfits inspired by this world such as Stereolab, Liars and Cold Cave. The precursors, the inspiration, the peers and the aftermath. Like any scene, the field of industrial music has many trees with many branches. As a result by no means look at this as a complete list, do not even look at it as a beginners guide, just crawl around and explore some of the mangled marvels created throughout the 20th Century and beyond."
music  writing 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Filthy Gorgeous Things | Commerce | Introduction/Boston: An excerpt from w4m
"Prostitution is not your wife in her Christmas scarf announcing that she’s going to the bathroom and will you stay behind and keep an eye on things. It is not the food court. It is not your kid’s high school graduation in the same town you grew up in and your son’s new girlfriend just looking at you, waiting. Prostitution is not obligation. It is not being alone. It is the same hotel, over and over. It’s the virtue and luck and money that brings you to its doors, holds you within rooms without end. It is this patch of carpet without any blood on it, where they found her, where I stand."
peopleIknow  writing 
april 2011 by warrenellis
How to Get Downsized - Susannah Breslin - Pink Slipped - Forbes
Susannah now writing regularly for Forbes. This one will resonate for any freelancer.
writing  peopleIknow 
march 2011 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: UNSOLVING THE CITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHINA MIÉVILLE
"Novelists have an endless drive to aestheticize and to complicate. I know there’s a very strong tradition—a tradition in which I write, myself—about the decoding of the city. Thomas de Quincey, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Iain Sinclair—that type-thing. The idea that, if you draw the right lines across the city, you’ll find its Kabbalistic heart and so on. The thing about that is that it’s intoxicating — but it’s also bullshit. It’s bullshit and it’s paranoia..."
cities  writing  interviews 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Ghost, Blogging - Fimoculous.com
"It's funny to be talking about blogging -- which for its entire lifespan has been dismissed broadly for being superficial and narcissistic -- as being a besieged outpost of well-developed, thoughtful writing, but I think that's exactly what's happening. It's no one's "fault" -- it's just the natural evolution of popular content production and consumption towards the most frictionless state: from books to periodicals to personal websites to blogs to Twitter to the Like button. When a medium comes along that's easier than clicking the Like button -- maybe thinking you Like something -- you can be sure everyone will speculate about and then bemoan its death before moving on."
writing  web 
february 2011 by warrenellis

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