Week 8 - Under Ice
1. How to write usefully by Paul Graham
I believe the formula I've given you, importance + novelty + correctness + strength, is the recipe for a good essay. But I should warn you that it's also a recipe for making people mad.
I first saw this in September 2016, and I think of this ever since.
There is no place for fear, no place for panic. No place for mistakes.
You need total control of the place, the time and to trust in yourself completely.
3. A room of one's own (and money) by Austin Kleon
Woolf’s thesis is very simple, outlined within the first couple of paragraphs: “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” A writer needs money to provide her with the time, and she needs room to provide her with the space. (Not just physical, but also mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)
Not just for writing, but for any kind of creation: code, drawing, painting, music, science, insight, theory. For both 'pure creations' and the Frankenstinian kind, for a creation of genius or for a hack - all require space and time. And money.
A room of one’s own is nice, but if you can’t buy the time to sit in it, what good does it do you?
From the latest Brain Food. The need to speak out. The truth of narrative.
5. Surviving in the Desert by Steven Pressfield
We and we alone must decide what we will work on, and how, for how long, under what conditions, with what ambitions and aspirations. We have to master the art of self-evaluation. Is our idea good? Good enough to give two years of our lives to?
In other words they weren’t blood-and-guts man-killers. (Okay, some were.) They were cool customers, possessed of grit and savvy, who could embark on a mission whose hazard was such that saner heads would call it absolutely nuts—and see that mission through, no matter what .
6. Glimpses of Olympias - Podcast by Dan Carlin
Philip II of Macedonia and his son Alexander the Great are two of the most impressive figures in history. Few could contend with either man. One woman held her own with both of them. Alexander's mother Olympias.
An amazing, mindblowing Dan Carlin episode.
The art this week are by the Radiologist and reluctant photographer - Dr. Dain L. Tasker, from the 1930s. Not just any photographs - these are X-Rays of flowers, then printed.
Here are more links if you want to immerse yourself in Dain Tasker.
Art by Dain Tasker.
ASCII divider art from here
The fonts used here are from David Jonathan Ross' Font of the Month Club