Even drunk I don’t use exclamation points.
Everyone is working too much and not enough.
Sarah Nicole Prickett,Adult 
So you want to start a magazine. [NYM]
I could give you absolutely sterling advice on how to avoid writing, how when you run out of things to do other than going to your desk and writing, when every closet is reorganized and you’ve called your oldest living relative twice in one day to see what she’s up to and there isn’t an unanswered e-mail left on your computer or you simply can’t bear to answer another one and there is no dignity, not a drop left, in any further evasion of the task at hand, namely writing, well, you can always ask your dentist for a root canal or have an accident in the bathtub instead.
Tony Kushner’s advice to emerging writers (via kateoplis)

(Source: newyorker.com, via kateoplis)

So I’m writing this not only in the hope that everyone will cross me off the list of writers to hit up for free content but, more important, to make a plea to my younger colleagues. As an older, more accomplished, equally unsuccessful artist, I beseech you, don’t give it away. As a matter of principle. Do it for your colleagues, your fellow artists, because if we all consistently say no they might, eventually, take the hint. It shouldn’t be professionally or socially acceptable — it isn’t right — for people to tell us, over and over, that our vocation is worthless.
Remember: You are performing a public service. #upinthesky #itsabird #itsaplane #itstastergrrl
Thank you, WR
Most of a writer’s job is procrastinating.
Robert King, co-creator of The Good Wife, at the 2013 New Yorker Festival. Complement with the psychology of procrastination and some notable advice on mastering the writing muse. (via explore-blog)
I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.
Henry James, American writer
Negative reviews are fine, as long as they’re accurate and fair. Critics must always be conscious that they are dealing with people’s livelihoods. Negative reviews, especially, should be based on multiple visits and a broad exploration of the restaurant’s menu.

That’s from The Association of Food Journalists’ Guidelines for Critics. 

The problem with that maxim is that it singles out negative restaurant reviews, which are no different, economically, philosophically or socially, from positive restaurant reviews. There is only one category, and that category is called “reviews.” And so it goes that restaurant reviews will always affect people’s livelihoods, regardless of whether they happen to be overwhelmingly critical or disproportionately complimentary.

To say that negative reviews “especially” should be based on multiple visits, as opposed to positive reviews, is hogwash.

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
George Orwell (via thatluciegirl)

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