2020-0531

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

—Milton Glaser (b. 1929)

2020-0427

I’m interested in architecture, but it’s no good thing being an architect if you are interested in architecture. It’s like being a butcher if you are interested in animals.
Ed Steed (b. 1987) via It’s Nice That

2020-0423

Beauty is temporary, ugliness lasts forever.
Marina Abramović (b. 1946) via Walk Through Walls

2020-0317

Lack of focus is why we have a lack of greatness.
Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) via Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, S6E1

2020-0317

It’s not the easiest thing to try and put a smile on a face. But it’s always worth it.
—Jerome Allen Seinfeld, a.k.a., Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) via Some website

2019-1015

Please, could you expel, or, at least, restrain, the comma-maniac, on your editorial staff?
Mary Norris, a.k.a., The Comma Queen (1952– ) via The nit-picking glory of the New Yorker’s Comma Queen

2018-0219

The Americans are very impressionable people; they see what they want to see. I have a lot of respect for them. I am not upset at all that I ended up on this list. If they want to see the devil, let them see him.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a.k.a., Putin’s chef (b. 1961) via The New York Times

2016-0123

I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.
—Donald Trump, #amateur (b. 1946)

2014-0521

Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations.
Brian Eno (b. 1948) via A Year with Swollen Appendices

2014-0412

How to write a good short story:

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.

Start as close to the end as possible.

Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) via Brain Pickings &; YouTube

2013-1214

Downtown L. A. looks like they started to build Chicago and then gave up…and let it become a sprawling suburb.
Gary Oldman (b. 1958) via Esquire

2013-1001

If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.
David Sedaris (b. 1956), via Barrel Fever

2012-1211

Hello, World!
Brian Kernighan (b. 1945) via Wikipedia

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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