“The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded
as a nation possessed with humor or depth.”
“Editing is the same as quarreling with writers — same thing exactly.”
Yes. Yes. YES.
“Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I’m going to have to spend
the rest of my life expressing it one way or another, and I think that I’ll accomplish more by expressing it on the keys of a typewriter than by letting it express itself in sudden outbursts of frustrated violence.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“Writing is hard for every one of us, straight white men included.
Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
There’s a new feature on Nikki & New York called “I heard it on …” I have this great journal that I’m going to write all the outrageous things I overhear people say on the streets and subways of this city I love so much, and then I’m also going to share them on N&NY, so check it out, won’t you? The first entry includes someone very seriously calling five people “bozos” …
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Last Christmas, my mother gave me an incredible journal. It was a slim book, one she bought from The New York Times Store, with a fantastic photograph of a still-under construction Empire State Building, which we ALL know is my most favorite building not only in New York, but in the entire world. The photo was taken in 1933 from the top of the RCA Building and features two well-dressed men looking down on the city and one fashionable dame gazing into one of those touristy binocular things.
I loved it, but as I’m still working my way through my extremely large dragon journal (and probably will be for the rest of my life), I didn’t know what to do with it. It bothered me that, because I’ve never been one to keep multiple journals at the…
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“Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head.
It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”
“The richness of life reveals itself through a richness of gestures. One must learn to feel everything — the length and retarding of sentences, interpunctuations, the choice of words, the pausing, the sequence of arguments — like gestures.”