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“I have come to see the nonsense of trying to describe fine scenery.”

—   Nathaniel Hawthorne

How Does That Sound?

Things people said to me recently, that I thought you should hear.

It all made for a great story, but so much energy was wasted on negativity I would have never felt if I had taken time and patience into account. But then again, i was running away, and it’s hard to do that slowly. —Jon 

There seems to be an art to life. We try so hard to do well with what we have…we try to make sense of what we have. We have the same amount of resources… If we just give ourselves to something… That principle of making sense of what we have, when the final product is a sense of what…purpose? —Vincent

You anosmic son of a bitch! —Mike

Our mission has always been the same: to help people transition. [shrug] It’s not that hard. —Mark

The more you fall in love with God’s glory, the weirder and more fun it gets to follow God. —Tom

I guess that’s the tradeoff, as far as attachment is concerned. You can dodge it and remain whole, or else leave little pieces of yourself everywhere you’ve enjoyed its embrace. —me (it just kind of came out and I was like “whoa”)

Today’s office.

The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at least when a professional writer doesn’t do anything else but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it, he shouldn’t try. He can look out of the window, or stand on his head, or writhe on the floor. But he is not to do any other positive thing, not read, write letters, glance at magazines, or write checks. Write or nothing.

Two very simple rules, a) you don’t have to write, b) you can’t do anything else.

—   Raymond Chandler (from his Selected Letters and Nonfiction)

Blue Valentines

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The other day I suffered a heartbreak. Nothing major—put away the bonbons. Just the kind that makes you walk with your shoulders rounded, your chest a little caved in. 

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Hungry?

Count down the minutes to your lunch break with a roundup of my recent restaurant reviews for Our Man on the Ground:

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For the would-be writer, reading your idol’s early works is a highly salutatory practice.

I learned this with John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. I kept waiting for it to become, you know, Steinbeck…and by the closing pages I realized two wonderful things:

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The Mockingbird, Issue #2
The Identity Issue
In which we tear authenticity a new one, with essays, shorts, lists and other means of quirky cultural analysis.
This issue features topics from Pete Townshend to baseball to anorexia. 
I’ll let you guess which one is mine.
For now, I’ll just posit that it’s one of the better things I’ve ever written, IMHO. (Thanks, Ethan.)
Buy it here, before it’s gone.

The Mockingbird, Issue #2

The Identity Issue

In which we tear authenticity a new one, with essays, shorts, lists and other means of quirky cultural analysis.

This issue features topics from Pete Townshend to baseball to anorexia.

I’ll let you guess which one is mine.

For now, I’ll just posit that it’s one of the better things I’ve ever written, IMHO. (Thanks, Ethan.)

Buy it here, before it’s gone.

Maui, Hi.

(Source: theconnoisseursus)