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Of Art and Influence

I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it. – Patti Smith

Coming up this week: Book reviews on Just Kids by Patti Smith and The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. Also essay called Of Blogging and Money, to celebrate the third blog anniversary of Of Opinions.

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Of Rejection

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One of life’s fundamental truths states, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ As kids we get used to asking for things, but somehow we lose this ability in adulthood. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of criticism or rejection. – Jack Canfield

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Of Art and Isolation

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Stephen Fry

It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me. – Stephen Fry

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Of Struggle

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Phil Ochs

It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion. That’s art. That’s life. – Phil Ochs

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Of Writing With The Blood

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Writing (and Blood/Ink Splatter?)

“Play with the blood.” – Rodrigo, Mozart In The Jungle

I’ve been watching a show called Mozart In The Jungle, which is a comedy about classical music. I’ve talked about this before in a blog post called Of Blood and Passion, but the actor who plays Rodrigo, Gael Garcia Bernal, goes on and on about “playing with the blood” when talking about true musicianship. Continue reading “Of Writing With The Blood”

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Of Choosing Life

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Oscar Wilde

There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. – Oscar Wilde