It kind of gives you hope. If you do creative work, there’s a sense that inspiration is this fairy dust that gets dropped on you, when in fact you can just manufacture inspiration through sheer brute force. You can simply produce enough material that the thing will arrive that seems inspired.
It’s terrible to be a bad loser. I like Soros’s proverb that you should never marry a woman you wouldn’t want to divorce.
“Pick up just about any novel and you’ll find a throwaway reference to a dog, barking in the distance.” (via)
The audio examples are really fascinating. (via).
When composers wrote for these instruments they sometimes loved them and sometimes chafed at their limitations, but in any case they wrote for those sounds, that touch, those bells and whistles. From old instruments, performers on modern pianos can get important insights into the sound image that Mozart, Schubert, et al., were aiming for. But music from the 18th and 19th centuries doesn’t just sound different now than on the original instruments; some of it can’t even be played as written on modern pianos.
“At the most basic level, I stopped following sports because being a sports fan took too much time.” That’s pretty much my main reason for half-hearted fandom. (via)
“I opened a charming neighborhood coffee shop. Then it destroyed my life.” I can understand the surface appeal, but this always seemed like a very bad idea to me. [via link banana]