After analyzing your astrological omens for
the coming weeks, I decided that the best advice I could give you would
be this passage by the English writer G. K. Chesterton: "Of all modern
notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they
say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But
the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on
earth where a person can alter arrangements suddenly, make an
experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a
world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of set rules and set
SO APROPOS what with Pie and all!!!
Everything I do has Art in mind. Every view, every thought, every step across the earth... every decision of where to put this or that thing... The aesthetics are mine alone, and always to my liking - others may not see the decisions I have made as particularly artful, or even have a clue of what is going on inside my mind, but rest assured it always has Art at it's center.
"They [critics] don't grasp that art tells you things that you don't know you need to know until you know them, that there's no way to know beforehand what might strike you, and that art isn't about understanding, it's about experience." -- Jerry Saltz, Frieze Magazine,
The thought manifests as the word,
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit,
And habit hardens in character,
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love,
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become
"You don't have to listen to anybody about anything, (pause)... whatever you
want you get" Agnes Martin
"Develop an interest in life as you
see it; the people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply
throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget
yourself." (Henry Miller)
She said: "I've never known a writer who didn't feel
ill at ease in the world. ... We all feel unhoused in some sense. That's part of
why we write. We feel we don't fit in, that this world is not our world, that
though we may move in it, we're not of it. ... You don't need to write a novel
if you feel at home in the world."
This seems to be written about me - how I have always felt - though replace the word writer for artist...
In a lecture at Harvard, Cummings said: "If poetry is
your goal, you've got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and
all about selfstyled obligations and duties and responsibilities etcetera ad
infinitum and remember one thing only: that it's you — nobody else — who
determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you;
nor can you be alive for anybody else. Toms can be Dicks and Dicks can be
Harrys, but none of them can ever be you. There's the artist's responsibility;
and the most awful responsibility on earth."
"I can remember when I was writing Fried
Green Tomatoes," Flagg told CNN, "I stopped acting and I went through a bad
financial period and I almost lost a house and I was living very close to the
bone. And yet I found out I was happier than I'd ever been because my priorities
were straight and I was doing something I loved."
"I was very careful never to take an
interesting job. Not an interesting one. I took lots of jobs. But if you have an
interesting job you get interested in it. I also began in those years to keep
early hours. [...] If anybody has a job and starts at 9, there's no reason why
they can't get up at 4:30 or five and write for a couple of hours, and give
their employers their second-best effort of the day — which is what I
Live with Art!