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Paris Review - Robert Caro, The Art of Biography No. 5
I can't start writing a book until I've thought it through and can see it whole in my mind. So before I start writing, I boil the book down to three paragraphs, or two or one—that's when it comes into view. That process might take weeks. And then I turn those paragraphs into an outline of the whole book. That's what you see up here on my wall now—twenty-seven typewritten pages. That's the fifth volume. Then, with the whole book in mind, I go chapter by chapter. I sit down at the typewriter and type an outline of that chapter, let's say if it's a long chapter, seven pages—it's really the chapter in brief, without any of the supporting evidence. Then, each chapter gets a notebook, which I fill with all the materials I want to use—quotations and facts pulled from all of the research I’ve done.
research  history  interview  biography  books  writing  journalism  authors 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Jobs speaks! The complete transcript | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest. As you know, Nokia’s the biggest. And we admire them for being able to ship the number of handsets that they do. But we don’t aspire to be like them. They’re good at being like them. We want to be like us. And we want to make the best ones.
android  apple  google  interview  ipad  iphone  jobs  mobile  strategy  nokia  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On Future Performance - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
In fact, I think that it is precisely this kind of surprising freshness that technology can allow — through what can be precisely customized for each project and through the unexpected new discoveries that each project seems to require or reveal — that remains one of its continuing attractions for me.

But we can’t take such freshness for granted. Musical technology is so ever-present in our culture, and we are all so very aware of it, that techno-clichés and techno-banalities are never far away and have become ever more difficult to identify and root out. It is deceptively challenging these days to apply technology to music in ways that explode our imaginations, deepen our personal insights, shake us out of boring routine and accepted belief, and pull us ever closer to one another.
music  technology  nytimes  art  creativity  opera  interview  npr  karaoke 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chatroulette Piano Improv’s Merton on YouTube Takedowns, Ben Folds and What’s Under That Hoodie
NewTeeVee: Does Chatroulette have value beyond novelty as a communications device?

Merton: I think it does. It’s always going to be a strange communications device because you can’t choose with whom you’re going to communicate. But I think they should keep that format because I think that’s what makes it special. It’s inconvenient that there’s a bunch of naked dudes on there, but the fact that they can do that allows me to do what I do, in a certain sense, because there’s freedom all around. If that’s what has to stay in order for it to stay a free speech situation, that’s fine with me.
interview  internet  web  online  creativity  music  youtube  video  livemusic  improvisation  piano 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Hunch Cofounder Caterina Fake
[...] But from our perspective, the social graph is actually less informative and actually gives you less valuable information on you than what we’re calling the taste graph because you may – I may be in contact with my co-workers, who are kind of like male engineer types and, with my mom, I have a very close relationship with. But our tastes are very different, the things that we like, the sushi restaurants or (unintelligible) that we’d be interested in…

Mr. ARRINGTON: Yeah.

Ms. FAKE: Or the clothes that we would wear and so, what we’re – our assumption is that there’s people out there who share similar taste. They have a similar aesthetic to you or they have, say, you’re kind of looking for a blog or a news show, your political position or political stance would inform that choice as well. So, that’s really what…

Mr. ARRINGTON: And this actually works?

Ms. FAKE: And this actually works, yes.
interviews  news  search  video  interview  internet  aesthetics  identity  attention  data 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Paul Krugman found politics : The New Yorker
Krugman explained that he’d become an economist because of science fiction. When he was a boy, he’d read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy and become obsessed with the central character, Hari Seldon. Seldon was a “psychohistorian”—a scientist with such a precise understanding of the mechanics of society that he could predict the course of events thousands of years into the future and save mankind from centuries of barbarism. He couldn’t predict individual behavior—that was too hard—but it didn’t matter, because history was determined not by individuals but by laws and hidden forces. “If you read other genres of fiction, you can learn about the way people are and the way society is,” Krugman said to the audience, “but you don’t get very much thinking about why are things the way they are, or what might make them different. What would happen if ?”
economics  politics  newyorker  interview  economy  writing  finance  sciencefiction  history 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The opinionated Mr. Damon - TV - MiamiHerald.com
''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. "Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

"Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''
obama  interview  film  cinema  movies  politics  television  story  writing  fiction 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne | Pitchfork
"[...] I did go over to London a couple of times, but only one time did we work for a week solid. The rest of the time was this back and forth. Brian (Eno) pointed out that it's nice for both of us to be able to kind of live with the tracks, not feel the urge to respond right away to what someone else had done. I could work out a tentative melody to something, then work out little changes over the course of a few days or weeks or whatever, whereas in a recording studio working immediately with somebody, the pressure is on to perform and do something right away. So this took a lot of that out. I mean, there was still pressure to keep stuff going back and forth, but it was over days as opposed to hours or minutes. [...]"
creativity  art  music  work  writing  rock  pitchfork  interview 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Laurie Anderson Talks About
I kind of just try to have as much fun as possible.

"Each and every day is something new?" "I know it sounds like a children's show ..." "But I said that. You didn't." "I can't help it. I can't help it. You know, I really do think that we're here to ha
music  interview  happiness  creativity  art  nyc  playwriting  writing  rock 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'My camera has saved my life' | Art & Architecture | guardian.co.uk Arts
"I gave a lecture last May, and I asked how many people still think a photograph can be real, and out of 150 people I think five raised their hand. And that's the whole reason I started taking photos: to make a record against revisionism, against any one
women  photography  interview  art  beauty  aesthetics  documentary  uk  history 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - Willy Vlautin
"Writing at the track is the best. You're surrounded by horses and weirdoes and gamblers and drinkers. All of those things relax me to no end. Plus, whenever you get tired or burned out, you can always bet a race."
books  interview  interviews  portland  creativity  fiction  writing  novels  nevada  drinking 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The business of parenting (kottke.org)
"We're letting Ollie show us where all the problem areas are before committing to any white plastic solutions."
interview  education  children  business  books  learning  marketing  money  parents  parenting  psychology  society  culture 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: St. Vincent
"You just don't want to have dig yourself into that hole where you write something that you don't feel like you can own night after night. It has to be real for you. You have to be in it and invested in it. [...]"
interview  music  pitchfork  songwriting  creativity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Autechre
"It's like you can get a little bit philosophical about it-- there's not much room for deviation, yet if you manage to crack it, there then you can express things that actually do sound unique and genuinely original."
pitchfork  interview  creativity  work  aesthetics  music  electronica 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BLDGBLOG: Comparative Planetology: An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
"I’ve been working all my career to try to redefine utopia in more positive terms – in more dynamic terms."
toread  sciencefiction  archaeology  architecture  cities  environment  fiction  interview  interviews  literature  reading  science  writing 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Kevin Drew
"There are thousands upon billions of love songs written. If I can fit 'you fucked me in the ass' or 'cum dribbles' into my ballads, I feel better about myself. [laughs]"
music  interview  sex  love  songwriting  creativity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Ev Williams on Twitter and ambient intimacy
"It feels intimate because you learn things about people that you wouldn't know unless you were very close to them, and it's not that it's private stuff or that it matters but that it feels weird. It's like, 'Why would I know this about this person that I
marketing  interview  business  video  presence  public  identity  attention 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Clarence Thomas: The Justice Nobody Knows, Supreme Court Justice Gives First Television Interview To 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft - CBS News
"It's fascinating that people, there's so many people now who will make judgments based on what you look like." As opposed to what one does and how one acts?
interview  law  news  politics  supremecourt  books  race 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - William Gibson
"If I knew what I was doing, I literally wouldn't be doing my job. That's what E. M. Forster said. He said if a novelist is in control of his or her characters, they're not even close to doing their job."
books  fiction  interview  interviews  sciencefiction  novels  writing  story 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Manu Chao
"It's difficult to think about what's going to be traditional in 500 years. Maybe traditional will be Motörhead. They will find a CD of Motörhead and say, oh, that's the music they listened to 500 years ago."
music  pitchfork  interview  activism  songwriting 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Iggy Pop
"The west is not gonna save itself through cause marketing potential any more than the east did through collective farming. These are sad things. They upset me."
interview  music  pitchfork  punk 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Space to think | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
"I had no way of knowing then that no book gets written by the guy who walks around thinking about writing books. [...] The book is what happens when your fingers are hitting the keyboard."
interview  books  sciencefiction  uk  writing  fiction  creativity  novels 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: M.I.A. Confronts the Haters
"Yesterday I read like five magazines in the airplane -- it was a nine hour flight -- and three out of five magazines said 'Diplo: the mastermind behind M.I.A.'s politics!' And I was wondering, does that stem from [Pitchfork]?"
pitchfork  music  interviews  interview 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: The Clientele
"That kind of reverb on a voice, does that make it more intimate or more distant?" "Both, isn't it? It's paradoxical in a way. To me it's the sound of distance, but also the sound of memory; it's a very poignant and beautiful sound."
interview  music  aesthetics  songwriting 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Metropolis Magazine: Dreaming in Code
"That’s this process of ‘lens making’: coming up with a lens that you can point at all of reality but that only lets through certain things. That process is digital storytelling. It’s a process of exclusion—not a process of mimicry."
art  blogs  design  internet  interview  news  newspapers  online  photography  research  society  technology  web  world  aesthetics  media  journalism  story 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters Music Feature | The Essential Selection: An Interview with Beth Ditto
"In a way your creativity is only as good as your lack of resources. I would have never gotten into the things I got into or been the person that I am if I didn’t have to go without things or make do with the bare minimum."
interview  interviews  creativity  rock  music  songwriting  gay  diy 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NewTeeVee Bill Cammack on Editing for Web Video «
"So how he does he treat working for broadcast and the web differently, if at all?"
editing  internet  interview  quotes  video  vlog  black  music 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Craig Newmark - I Want Media
Do what you can on the Net to build up some kind of online reputation. [...] You may want to start working on your own personal brand. Maybe start a blog and see if people will pay attention. You may be your own network."
interviews  blogging  internet  media  newspapers  radio  interview  journalism  business 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Old interviews redefine "Star Wars" mythology | Entertainment | Entertainment News | Reuters.com
"Remember, science-fiction films do really great the first week, then they drop off to nothing. It's a good sign, but it doesn't mean anything. Let's wait a couple of weeks. [...] I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch."
sciencefiction  cinema  interview  interviews  1970s 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > music > James Murphy: He'd Rather Be Kicking Your Ass by Tom Breihan
"I am aware of how funny it is. But I don't want to do things halfway. I don't like the idea of, 'I'm just doing a little Brazilian jujitsu for fitness.' I won't get out of bed for fitness."
music  creativity  nyc  aesthetics  songwriting  interview 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Democracy Now! | EXCLUSIVE: Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days Behind Bars
"Every single person that can stand up and document injustices they see around them is one more person that will help lead towards an understanding and enlightenment of our society about what's really going on."
journalism  media  sanfrancisco  prisons  politics  justice  government  interview  blogging  activism  dublin 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Tom Waits
"There is no such thing as nonfiction. There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up."
nonfiction  fiction  music  poetry  songwriting  creativity  friendship  story  journalism  documentary  behavior  interview  pitchfork 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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