“You have to be willing to let your soul die to enter the areas of darkness necessary to pull the large fish swimming in the ocean of the political unconscious.”
Great stuff is out there, with more being created all the time. But it can feel impossible to find when navigating the mindless morass of popular content, seemingly churned out with the sole aim of going viral.
Today, we see another group seeking a distant age. With their polaroid cameras, fixie bikes and lens-less glasses, hipsters look for a time when things were simpler, machines hadn’t taken over, and one could wear clashing prints with impunity.
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does. – Groucho Marx
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
During a recent reading from The World As Phone Bill, his first collection of essays after several books of poetry, Stan Apps interrupted himself to explain something about the title piece: “This started with some good ideas and sophisticated language, but I kept dumbing it down and dumbing it down….So now it’s incomprehensible, but at least it’s really accessible.”