September 3, 2013 at 1:13pm
The fundamental truth to characterization, he asserted, is that characters want something, and the deeper the want, the more compelling the drama.
"Desire is the crucible that forges character because it intrinsically creates conflict. If we want nothing, then nothing stands in our way."
— Constantin Stanislavski
They said, will you now make love with Helen (our teaching assistant) so that we can see how it is done? We know you like Helen.
I do like Helen but I said that I would not.
We’ve heard so much about it, they said, but we’ve never seen it.
I said I would be fired and that it was never, or almost never, done as a demonstration. Helen looked out of the window.
They said, please, please make love with Helen, we require an assertion of value, we are frightened.
I said that they shouldn’t be frightened (although I am often frightened) and that there was value everywhere. Helen came and embraced me. I kissed her a few times on the brow. We held each other. The children were excited. Then there was a knock on the door, I opened the door, and the new gerbil walked in. The children cheered wildly.
— Donald Barthelme, The School
August 6, 2013 at 11:57am
Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.
— 5 best quotes from George Saunders’ advice to grads - Salon.com
More than ever, we live in a time of racism without racists, just racist laws, racist policies, and racist ideas.
— 'Fruitvale Station' and Trayvon Martin - Grantland
Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…
Goodreads | Quote by Timothy Leary: Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even… (via noneck)
Y. That perfect letter. The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wineglass. The question we ask over and over.
— Marjorie Celona, Y (via penseesduchoeur)
(Source: larmoyante, via penseesduchoeur)
June 29, 2013 at 10:49am
So it’s almost like your mind is a ball of yarn, and the strings are all in knots, and the writing is straightening it out.
— Chuck Klosterman Interview - Chuck Klosterman on I Wear the Black Hat - Esquire
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
— Walden - Thoreau
According to psychologist Richard Wiseman, luck – bad or good – is just what you call the results of a human being consciously interacting with chance, and some people are better at interacting with chance than others.
— Survivorship Bias « You Are Not So Smart