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Chesterton on Being Lumpish

…on callow, lumpish, and selfish youth peril, sorrow, and the shadow of death can bestow dignity, and even sometimes wisdom.

— G.K. Chesterton

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Frank Bidart on Forms

We fill pre-existing forms and when we fill them we change them and are changed.

— Frank Bidart, “Borges and I”

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Tim Brown on Opportunities

Once again it was an example of the power of storytelling to open up opportunities.

Tim Brown, commenting on The Girl Effect’s presentation at TED

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Seth Godin on Authenticity

Authenticity, for me, is doing what you promise, not “being who you are”.

Seth Godin

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Artisanal Labour

The rest of the day ticked by slowly, in a way that was a reminder that filmmaking may be the last vestige of 19th-century artisanal labor: hours and hours to capture what on screen would last just a few minutes.

Charles McGrath

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“As If” – Kevin Kelly

Our modern digital world is a metaphoric world. We make things real by first constructing them as a metaphor, an “as if” type. Then we slowly deepen the metaphor, adding more layers of meaning and realism, until metaphor slowly passes whatever invisible barrier lies between the real and fake, and it becomes “is” — it becomes “real.”

— Kevin Kelly, The Technium

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Real Advice Hurts from Merlin Mann

We can’t get good at something solely by reading about it. And we’ll never make giant leaps in any endeavor by treating it like a snack food that we munch on whenever we’re getting bored. You get good at something by doing it repeatedly. And by listening to specific criticism from people who are already good at what you do.

–Merlin Mann, 43folders

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Alan Kay

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

— Alan Kay

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Heart to the Storyteller

Our minds are relatively open, but we guard our hearts with zeal, knowing their power to move us. So although the mind may be part of [the] target, the heart is the bull’s-eye. To reach it, the [storyteller] must first display his own open heart.

— Peter Guber, The Four Truths of the Storyteller

But feelings are pesky critters, cropping up inconveniently, and then disappearing just when you want them. And the thing both terrible and wonderful about feelings is that they change… In fact the more you let yourself feel whatever you are actually feeling, the more available you are to a new feeling.

The director is in a position to do violence to [these] delicate emotional mechanisms.

— Judith Weston, Directing Actors

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The Price of Information

The price of information has not only gone into free fall in the last few years, it is still in free fall now, it will continue to fall long before it hits bottom, and when it does whole categories of currently lucrative businesses will be either transfigured unrecognizably or completely wiped out, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Clay Shirky (1995)

…substitute creative content for information in the above quote, and you see what’s happening now in film, photography, music, etc.