A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and...– François-René de Chateaubriand (via christopher-kuehl)
You sell your expertise, you have a limited repertoire. You sell your ignorance,...– Richard Saul Wurman, discussing Charles Eames in Eames: The Architect and the Painter (via pieratt)
I will forevermore, I expect, be trying to re-create the purity of that time....– George Saunders (via austinkleon)
So now I have Travis Tritt in my life and I’m happier for it. Probably the...– Will Sheff on music snobbery (via austinkleon)
One of the human brain’s many tricks is that it automatically finishes...– Sam Anderson on David Foster Wallace (via austinkleon)
LOOPER's borrowed story structure →
austinkleon: The NYTimes has a great piece on Rian Johnson’s influences while making LOOPER. (One of my favorite movies I saw this year.) He conceived of the movie in four acts, each one related to a quote from T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” and he borrowed the story structure from another source I totally missed: He also points out that “Looper” owes more to “Witness” — the 1985 drama...
AUSTIN KLEON: Don't worry about style. →
austinkleon: “Don’t worry about style. It will be expressed no matter what you do. Style is part of the way your brain is wired.” —Luke Sullivan “The problem with art today: the artist believes he must find a style (or a schtick really) and defend it with his life. And if all the schticks are already…
Here’s a little theme I was messing around...
Looper Stuff: Here’s all you need to know about... →
looperstuff: Here’s all you need to know about Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller, in which Bruce Willis’ hitman from the future is sent back in time to be dispatched by his younger self (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), only for things to not go according to plan: we gave it five stars. It is truly brilliant, and…
The trouble begins with a design philosophy that equates “more options” with...– Brian Eno, “The Revenge of the Intuitive,” (13 years ago!)
loopermovie: Click, clack, boom, bang, bing! Presenting Nathan Johnson’s 2nd terrific score preview video. Check it out, hosted over at Wired!
Steve Albini lays it out for a failed X-Factor... →
austinkleon: While revisiting this Steve Albini “ask me anything” Reddit thread, I came across a GREAT back-and-forth between him and J Mark Inman, a guy who sang a terrible version of Radiohead’s “Creep” on X-Factor. Inman doesn’t beat around the bush — he starts out asking Albini if he’ll produce his next record and help him get signed and mentions he was that guy on X-Factor. Albini’s...
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of...– Aaron Copland
nathanjohnson: Here’s a snippet of a tune Katie...
You don’t have to live by their rules if you don’t require their rewards.– Nathan Johnson (via zucherman)