Kurt Vonnegut thought every story has a shape that can be graphed — each has a beginning and an end (plotted on the x-axis) and every character goes through “good fortune” and “ill fortune” (plotted on the y-axis). I put a bunch of them together for this chart in Show Your Work!:
I think our days have shapes, too — each has a beginning and an end, and we go through good and ill fortune as it progresses. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s New York Times, a man said this about living in a 112-square-foot house: “It has maximized what I’m able to do with the young years of my life.”
This is the big point I try to make when I speak to young people: “Keep your overhead low.”
The less you have to maintain, the more time you have to do what you want to do.
As an amateur songwriter and musician, one of my favorite interviews during SXSW this year was with Chris Sampson, a songwriting professor and Vice Dean for Contemporary Music at USC, who uses my books in his classroom. The whole interview is only available to Grammy Pro members, but there are some clips below.
July 2nd is the middle of the year. Half of the year is gone, half of the year is still to be.
One of the reasons I like keeping a logbook is that it makes time tangible. Turn the pages, and you can feel the days pass.
Sometimes you flip back through the pages and they feel wasted. But flip forward, and you still have plenty of blank pages to fill.
Sometimes the words don’t come. That’s when I make pictures. (And vice versa.)
The first show was called “No One Destroys My Family But Me,” and we talked about being dads:
The second show was called “Church and State,” and it’s us ranting about art, design, and creativity:
I hate writing. What I really love is reading. I tell people I became a professional writer so I could be a professional reader. (Adam Phillips: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.”)
I can’t stand being in a bookstore talking about only my own books and not the books I love.
One of my favorite things to do on the Show Your Work! tour was very quickly cruise through the bookstore before my talk and pick up five (somewhat random) books to recommend during Q&A.