“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” -Marcus Cicero
Suffering from postmodern listlessness? Anxious about communism? Unsure of your future in this madcap world? These vintage library posters hold all the answers.
1 Turn up for work. Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.
2 Never stop when you are stuck. You may not be able to solve the problem, but turn aside and write something else. Do not stop altogether.
3 Love what you do.
4 Be honest with yourself. If you are no good, accept it. If the work you are doing is no good, accept it.
5 Don’t hold on to poor work. If it was bad when it went in the drawer it will be just as bad when it comes out.
6 Take no notice of anyone you don’t respect.
7 Take no notice of anyone with a gender agenda. A lot of men still think that women lack imagination of the fiery kind.
8 Be ambitious for the work and not for the reward.
9 Trust your creativity.
10 Enjoy this work!
“Mom may still be reading the books she got for Mother’s Day, but it’s time now to get something for dad, too.”
Gulp: Mary Roach, Live at Politics and Prose
Mary Roach prides herself on exploring places that make us uncomfortable. In this talk at Politics & Prose, she ponders questions like “Why would we be repulsed by spitting into our own bowl of soup, when the same soup comes into contact with the same saliva in our mouths?”
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