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"I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it." — Anne Lamott

“The ‘primary consciousness,’ the basic mind which knows reality rather than ideas about it, does not know the future. It lives completely in the present, and perceives nothing more than what is at this moment. The ingenious brain, however, looks at that part of present experience called memory, and by studying it is able to make predictions. These predictions are, relatively, so accurate and reliable (e.g., “everyone will die”) that the future assumes a high degree of reality — so high that the present loses its value.

But the future is still not here, and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present. Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements — inferences, guesses, deductions — it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more. Happiness, then, will consist, not of solid and substantial realities, but of such abstract and superficial things as promises, hopes, and assurances.”

— Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity 

rick-rubin"Reading great novels...seeing a great movie...reading poetry... The more you can do to get out of the mode of competition, where you get out of what other people are doing and wanting to be better than them... The only way to use the inspiration of other artists is if you submerge yourself in the greatest works of all time... If you listen to the greatest songs ever made, that would be a better way to work through to find your own voice to matter today than listening to what's on the radio now and thinking, 'I want to compete with this.'" — Rick Rubin
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"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. If you're going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind...it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean...mockery, isolation...a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And you'll do it despite rejection and the worst odds and it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that." — Charles Bukowski

Hi, y’all! Sorry for blowing up your feeds today. I’ve updated a page on my blog that I’m really proud of — my published works page. I’ve included links to my best published work over the past two years. The good stuff, the stuff I’m most “chuffed” with, as the British say.

OK, that’s really it for today. Luh you.

*climbs back into cave*

"We must do away with the...notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact...that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery...so we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living."
— Buckminster Fuller
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RIP Delilah (2005—2016)

One week ago today we lost the coolest dog any of us have ever known. She was smart, funny and had such a palpable personality. A cross between a German shepherd and a terrier, our vet told us her breed is known for those kinds of qualities, but everyone who met her was able to tell there was something special about her. Thanks for the memories, pup.

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Shooting the Breeze: Steph Meyer

Steph Meyer, 24, is a podcast fan, feminist, former Disney cast member, and a painfully self-aware over-tweeter. She always tips at least 20 percent, and has never in her life possessed a functioning thought filter. Her favorite superhero is Hawkeye, and she probably cross stitches more often than your grandmother. She is decidedly a work in progress. Most importantly, she is a person. (She also definitely read your tweet.)

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Shooting the Breeze: Tessa Bryant

The year Weezer began was the same year that Tessa Bryant began. She is a writer, director, administrator, and researcher of the performing and fine arts, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has a sophisticated ranking system for people based on types of chicken nuggets and knows too much about the Myers-Briggs. Pancakes are to Tessa Bryant as waffles are to Leslie Knope. Her boss once referred to her as “an omnipotent turtledove,” and one time a homeless man took a dead bird out of her hand. Earlier this year, she won tickets to Adele by tweeting and commenting over 50 haiku about how much she loves Adele.

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Shooting the Breeze: Tina Wargo

Tina Wargo is a writer, goofball, and staunch feminist with a “quirky web presence.” She’s most famous for having Lena Dunham’s handwriting tattooed on her ankle and for pioneering a religion centered around Gillian Anderson, of X-Files fame. Wargo has recently been described as “a car that only goes, like, 85 miles an hour, or is idle.”

"I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild." — KT Tunstall
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A long way down

“This city is science. The people are atoms,” Charlie explained. “All the tiny moving parts in relation to the whole. Meaningless. Life. Meaningless. Then, ultimately, death.” Charlie paused for a moment, unaware of how all of that […]