Neil Gaiman’s Advice on Living the Creative Life

Nov 21, 2012
Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — and in life, and in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways in which life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.
- Advice on Living the Creative Life from Neil Gaiman | Brain Pickings

“…we’re becoming like the mal-formed weight lifter who trains only their upper body and has tiny…”

May 27, 2012
“…we’re becoming like the mal-formed weight lifter who trains only their upper body and has tiny little legs. We’re radically over-developing the parts of quick thinking, distractable brain and letting the long-form-thinking, creative, contemplative, solitude-seeking, thought-consolidating pieces of our brain atrophy by not using them. And, to me, that’s both sad and dangerous.”

- We’re Creating a Culture of Distraction — Joe Kraus Blog

“It is difficult to imagine the depths of despair into which those can be driven who, even after the…”

Apr 25, 2012
“It is difficult to imagine the depths of despair into which those can be driven who, even after the end of the working day, are engrossed in their intricate designs and who are pursued, into their dreams, by the feeling they’ve got hold of the wrong thread.
— W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn”

- This quote is haunting me. Found it on an artist’s site with some beautiful paintings that also haunt me: Robert Josiah Bingaman | The Race (via @lbm)