"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be."
— Roald Dahl (via les-jours-pluvieux)
(Source: larmoyante, via twobirdsonabranch)
"I’ve recently been reading a lot of books about Cubism, and I keep coming upon discussion of intersecting planes, and so forth, as if Cubism were about the structure of the object. But really it’s rather about the structure of seeing the object. If there are three noses, that is not because the face has three noses or the nose has three aspects but because it has been seen three times and that is what seeing is like."
— David Hockney, in Lawrence Weschler’s New Yorker article (July 9, 1984)
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it."
— Markus Zusak (via bookporn)
There was a silence about depression in the larger culture that I inhabit but even in my own work. I thought [it] would be great to break [that silence] a bit. But again you end up organizing this stuff as an artist. So you do this weird shit where you plot the mental breakdown through the whole book. And you hope that the nerds will figure it out and if not – fuck it – you hope that someday someone else will just enjoy it on another level.
But depression fucking sucks, dude. Depression sucks. And part of you thinks, ‘Well if I have to deal with being fucking depressed, I’ll figure out some way to make some art out of it.’
— Junot Diaz in the course of a brief wondrous interview. (via millionsmillions)
"Of course the half dozen rejection letters that have come back so far have not been actual letters on publishing house letterheads – who has time for such nonsense anymore? – they’ve all been those curt blunt instruments called e-mails. Three decades ago I received typewritten rejection letters that were thoughtful, insightful, sometimes even beneficial. The electronic burps I’m getting today are, for the most part, shallow, cursory and absolutely useless to me as a writer. Sad but true, the rejection letter, like so many things in book publishing, is a shadow of what it used to be."
— A Sunday pick from The Millions’ archive: Bill Morris’s 2010 piece on the sorry state of rejection letters. (via millionsmillions)