In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The artist Richard Deacon made this picture to go with my sister’s poem, “Self Help,” which she also reads for the New York Times’ T Magazine. 
My sister’s work has been part of other collaborations - like when Memorious set her poem “The Accounts” to music - and like when she works with Young Suk Suh on photographs. I really like this one because Deacon’s sculptures - his primary stuff - undulate with curves and life, and so does this image. Also because I think the idea of a picture makes poetry less scary to people. 

The artist Richard Deacon made this picture to go with my sister’s poem, “Self Help,” which she also reads for the New York Times’ T Magazine

My sister’s work has been part of other collaborations - like when Memorious set her poem “The Accounts” to music - and like when she works with Young Suk Suh on photographs. I really like this one because Deacon’s sculptures - his primary stuff - undulate with curves and life, and so does this image. Also because I think the idea of a picture makes poetry less scary to people. 

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

Walter Cronkite

Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

E.B. White

This is a song about hope in your life. There’s a magnificent Mark Eisles song title: ‘It Is Important Throughout Life to Proclaim Your Joy.’ It’s also important to admit on occasion to the righteousness of your fury, the justice of your cause, in the face of those who would do you wrong and who would rob you of your youth, and who would ignore what’s good and beautiful in you. And I know this is all corny platitude stuff, but I know people who got sent to places that sucked for them, they can’t even say how bad it was. Kirk Fitzpatrick, I remember when they sent you away, man: this is for you.

John Darnielle introducing “The Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton” in the Swedish American Hall live recording (via thoughtsontmg)

It reminds me of shooting Club Paradise, the movie I did in Jamaica with Robin Williams, Peter O’Toole, and Jimmy Cliff. We shot two weeks of nights, which are really hard and tiring. On the last night, just as the sun came up, Brian Doyle-Murray and I were getting ready to go home, and O’Toole, totally uncharacteristically, says, “Boys, let’s not rush off like we hate our work. Come to my dressing room!” So now it’s 6:30 a.m., we’re hanging out in his dressing room. We’ve been up for twenty-four hours, and O’Toole is talking about the beginning of his career, the plays he did as a student. Maybe I glanced at my watch, because he suddenly looked at us and said, “Oh God. I’m an old movie queen, aren’t I?”

Harold Ramis