Mar 13, 2014

"I want to be part of the gang. I don’t want to be the gang leader who has to stay on gang schedule and pay gang taxes. I have to do that stuff now. Sometimes I just want to shoot my machine gun in the air, you know?"

Lena Dunham interviewed Mindy Kaling, and it turned out pretty awesome.

Mar 13, 2014

manifesto

I’m exploring the creative structures and habits of others via , and I recently was reminded of this piece, now 8 years old. I read it when it first was published, and it has stayed me with ever since.

Mar 11, 2014
When you’re working on an entrepreneurial project, whatever it is requires time and effort. It also requires a special kind of emotional energy — a long-term vision that can sustain you through ups and downs. While pursuing our book idea might take more time and work, it will undoubtedly be time better spent, and work that’s more worthwhile.

melody quintana: ship what you love 

garychou: The main reason for getting your idea (and yourself) out into the world early and often is to see how you yourself feel about it. Is it worth your time and is it truly of interest? So many ideas are great in theory but fall flat in practice. That you are getting market validation is really just a byproduct of this.

YES. Pair with this, which I wrote.

(via garychou)

Mar 8, 2014
day 3, #the100dayproject: I’m writing a poem and posting it to Instagram every day for 100 days, starting March 6.
I started the day with another poem — a simple one about making scones and coffee and enjoying the morning. This rose strongly to the forefront, though. I drafted three versions in the Notes app on my iPhone to get to this, as simple as it is — even simple things take time, consideration, editing.
It was cathartic and overwhelmingly honest to write this. I wasn’t sure I was going to share it; I thought I might go with another poem. In the end, I trusted my gut. I hope it helps someone who reads it. Interpret the words as you’d like for yourself; I know what they mean to me.

day 3, #the100dayproject: I’m writing a poem and posting it to Instagram every day for 100 days, starting March 6.

I started the day with another poem — a simple one about making scones and coffee and enjoying the morning. This rose strongly to the forefront, though. I drafted three versions in the Notes app on my iPhone to get to this, as simple as it is — even simple things take time, consideration, editing.

It was cathartic and overwhelmingly honest to write this. I wasn’t sure I was going to share it; I thought I might go with another poem. In the end, I trusted my gut. I hope it helps someone who reads it. Interpret the words as you’d like for yourself; I know what they mean to me.

Mar 5, 2014
right on. | via

right on. | via

Mar 4, 2014

I said, ‘I want to [direct], too,’ and I kept saying that to multiple parties. They said, ‘Yeah sure,’ and I just kept saying it over and over. I was and am serious. I’m tired of biting my tongue….

I’m not going to sit and wait for a job offer or a prospect, someone to tell me something I might be good at. I want to make things, develop things, direct things, working with Ben [Foster] and others. By this point, I think I have some understanding of what work might be good and how to go about it.

Robin Wright, boss lady. | NYTimes
Feb 25, 2014

UNBROKEN: Powerful storytelling, unshakeable life.

Feb 18, 2014

Poignant thoughts on independence, why artists make art, and what it means to pursue the light of creating inside us.

Feb 12, 2014
humansofnewyork:

"It is important to maintain your equanimity. You cannot let yourself get too ‘up’ or too ‘down’ based on your circumstances."
“Too ‘down’ I understand. But why not too ‘up?’”
“Because the higher your mountains are, the deeper your valleys will seem. You should not react to the world. You should respond, but not react. A response is an action based on logic. A reaction is an emotional state. Your reaction will not change the world. Your reaction only changes you. Your response will change the world.”

humansofnewyork:

"It is important to maintain your equanimity. You cannot let yourself get too ‘up’ or too ‘down’ based on your circumstances."

“Too ‘down’ I understand. But why not too ‘up?’”

“Because the higher your mountains are, the deeper your valleys will seem. You should not react to the world. You should respond, but not react. A response is an action based on logic. A reaction is an emotional state. Your reaction will not change the world. Your reaction only changes you. Your response will change the world.”

Jan 28, 2014
This print tells a really lovely story.

This print tells a really lovely story.

Jan 25, 2014
"Just Kids," p. 232. (An excellent, memorable book. Recommended.)

"Just Kids," p. 232. (An excellent, memorable book. Recommended.)

Jan 24, 2014

Maybe one of the side effects of travel, and for some the main objective, was and still is to peel back some of those layers of identity, so that you can see that the whole notion isn’t built on anything solid or fixed to begin with. And maybe if you see your identity as less fixed, then you’re more open to change, to reinvention, more open to the world as it crashes down on the shore at your feet.

Jack Cheng’s weekly letter, dispatch #36. {Sign up here.}

Jan 24, 2014
Today I admitted to myself that I was afraid of failure. 
Honesty makes my work easier. 
b r e a t h e.

Today I admitted to myself that I was afraid of failure.
Honesty makes my work easier.
b r e a t h e.

Jan 24, 2014
Yesterday I had the privilege of touring the Field Museum behind the scenes, including a look at its 3D imaging and printing capabilities (a favorite topic), its ornithological specimen collection (the third largest in North America!), and a room filled with flesh-eating beetles. I spent four hours there and saw only 1% of the museum’s total collection, which is staggering — we truly have a wealth of knowledge at the Field. Many thanks to my friend JP Schneider for connecting me and to the amazing scientists at the museum for their extraordinary work!!

Yesterday I had the privilege of touring the Field Museum behind the scenes, including a look at its 3D imaging and printing capabilities (a favorite topic), its ornithological specimen collection (the third largest in North America!), and a room filled with flesh-eating beetles. I spent four hours there and saw only 1% of the museum’s total collection, which is staggering — we truly have a wealth of knowledge at the Field. Many thanks to my friend JP Schneider for connecting me and to the amazing scientists at the museum for their extraordinary work!!

Jan 20, 2014
No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.
Lena Dunham | vogue
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