Darkness Visible, William Styron (1986)

First appeared as an article in Vanity Fair but later expanded into the best-selling memoir, Darkness Visible.  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of Is come into me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; Yet trouble came. —Job To many of us who knew Abbie Hoffman even … Continue reading Darkness Visible, William Styron (1986)

What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard

August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you. I have seen an ultrasound image and have laid my hand on the belly in which you are lying, that is all. Six months remain until you will be born, and anything at all … Continue reading What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Gospel of Wealth, (1889) Andrew Carnegie

“Wealth” is an article written by Andrew Carnegie in June of 1889 that describes the responsibility of philanthropy by the new upper class of self-made rich. Carnegie proposed that the best way of dealing with the new phenomenon of wealth inequality was for the wealthy to redistribute their surplus means in a responsible and thoughtful manner. This approach was contrasted with traditional bequest (patrimony), where wealth is handed down to heirs, and … Continue reading The Gospel of Wealth, (1889) Andrew Carnegie

Golden Rules of Moviemaking from Jarmusch, Buscemi, Van Sant, Smith, Payne

Jim Jarmusch Rule #1: There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form. Anyway, I would personally never presume to tell anyone else what to do or how to do anything. To me that’s like telling someone else what their religious beliefs should be. Fuck that. That’s against my personal philosophy—more of … Continue reading Golden Rules of Moviemaking from Jarmusch, Buscemi, Van Sant, Smith, Payne

Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Writing

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is … Continue reading Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Writing