how i think of something to write, 80% of the time
1. i get drunk at a place, usually with other people, or maybe with myself
2. either the people i’m with or the tv will start saying something interesting or ridiculous and i’ll get a thought.
3. i write this in a text app on my phone called “plain text.”
4. the next morning i look at it and if it’s not dumb i write it.
not that i’m trying to promote the whole “drinking helps you write thing” - i don’t think it does. i usually write sober. the thing is that drinking makes your life ridiculous and also somehow leads to knowing more people.
If you had to choose the former, what would you write about for that one book?
jake asked people if you’d rather write one good book that was critically acclaimed or a bunch of okay books. i think i said the latter.
if i wrote one book that was critically acclaimed, i think it would be about a couple that start living in Minnesota and then move to new york and the guy gets obsessed with saving a rare type of bird and the woman sleeps with his best friend and then he sleeps with his assistant. i would name it after a great american value.
I asked my Tumblr and Twitter followers how many walls, if any, i should paint red. the overwhelming answer was 1.
Philolzophy had a good point:
"not red for realz. especially in a studio. red is aesthetically pleasing but not remotely relaxing, it will make you anxious. I would paint it something but a little more neutral/calming, and I would paint all the walls."
They’re always looking out for my anxiety.
Here are other suggestions from Twitter people, re: apartment:
"put a cat on your head"
"hang up a photo of frank [sarah heuer’s crabby cat] somewhere"
"bear skin rug"
"you know how they have those like 7 ft tall athletics stickers for walls get one of boo!"
"ok large scale HD & W [hot dog & whistle] water color. framed. name your price, size and the % of sexual content that you prefer."
"Glass everywhere. It’s expensive, ridiculously hard to keep clean, and fragile. But it looks awesome"
Here’s what I see around me, in the city and the culture: food carts, 20-somethings selling wallets made from recycled plastic bags, boutique pickle companies, techie start-ups, Kickstarter, urban-farming supply stores and bottled water that wants to save the planet.
Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms.
Call it Generation Sell.
Bands are still bands, but now they’re little businesses, as well: self-produced, self-published, self-managed. When I hear from young people who want to get off the careerist treadmill and do something meaningful, they talk, most often, about opening a restaurant. Nonprofits are still hip, but students don’t dream about joining one, they dream about starting one. In any case, what’s really hip is social entrepreneurship — companies that try to make money responsibly, then give it all away.
It’s striking. Forty years ago, even 20 years ago, a young person’s first thought, or even second or third thought, was certainly not to start a business. That was selling out — an idea that has rather tellingly disappeared from our vocabulary. Where did it come from, this change? Less Reaganism, as a former student suggested to me, than Clintonism — the heroic age of dot-com entrepreneurship that emerged during the Millennials’ childhood and youth. Add a distrust of large organizations, including government, as well as the sense, a legacy of the last decade, that it’s every man for himself.
Because this isn’t only them. The small business is the idealized social form of our time. Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer, not the saint or scientist, but the entrepreneur. (Think of Steve Jobs, our new deity.) Autonomy, adventure, imagination: entrepreneurship comprehends all this and more for us. The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan.
A culture more attuned to powerpoint than poetry, and a generation of young people dreaming of Aeron chairs instead of world peace.
"young people are starting their own businesses because the Internet enables them to be more DIY. tsk, they’re so superficial.” IDGI
since i don’t understand how doing so makes a whole car die, i always feel like cars do this just to punish us for being stupid.
"ha, i’ll teach you to check the details. now go tell a stranger how dumb you are so they’ll have to give you a jump, because my battery totally still works … just being dead until you pay for your mistake."
i thought about making a post that was like “here is cute stuff i want to put in my new apartment” but then i wasn’t sure where to look.
i went to urbanoutfitters.com and felt like i should instead be looking at like a local, vintage thing that probably doesn’t have a website.
then i realized that i basically don’t have any money, and while i would like to buy a cute chalkboard/coat hanger, a jar that looks like it has magic bugs in it, and a large gypsy chandelier, i actually mostly need these things:
-a futon (~$100)
-a “guest chair”
-a table surface
-a french press or regular coffee maker (my roommates have been good at throwing these away without me noticing)
decorating seems like something for people with a lot of money. like these urban outfitters girls have huge bedrooms and like 10 frames on each wall. my co-worker gave me a print and i haven’t put it up in like 8 months cuz I can’t justify the cost of a frame to myself.
how do you decorate “on the cheap?” should i just keep painting technicolor brad pitts and hanging them on a string like I’m doing now? how do you keep this string from falling down?
i have decided to mildly upgrade (my rent), which the internet informs me is currently “insanely cheap!” and move into a studio apartment where i can [obligatory “aren’t i cute but laid back” girl statement e.g. “eat pizza in my underwear whenever i want”].
i have wanted to live alone since i was maybe 6-years-old and scheming about how i could get my friends to go away so i could play ski free in silence. i chose to have roommates for so long because a) funds b) to achieve normal socialization while i still drink enough to be able to stand it. i think i have just come out on the other side.
i will probably live in somewhat of a one-room box, but everything in it will be mine.
my dad felt my decision was premature and unrealistic, but what he doesn’t know is that i’ve already found a bunch of people to tour this week, as well as a bunch of places for me to tour.
I love that the TC Daily Planet is clear about the news’ role in setting the agenda for what matters, and that they’re focusing on racial inequality. I feel like this problem is the largely ignored element of the Occupy Wall St. movement going on right now, but the biggest element that will truly lead to our future kids having shitty lives.
The Challenge: Numerous studies show that a huge racial equity gap impacts nearly every realm of life, including: levels of education, incarceration, unemployment, income, net worth/wealth, mortality, and health. Minnesota Compass notes that people of color comprise the fastest growing segment of the state’s population so will be an increasingly large part of the workforce. Yet, it’s this segment that’s most likely to live in poverty and suffer from chronic illnesses, and least likely to graduate from high school or own a home. Indications are that inequality is only getting worse.
The Daily Planet’s New Normal Project is a series of news stories and community conversations devoted to identifying community priorities as we face serious economic challenges. Every month we’ll tackle a different topic, including neighborhoods, the state budget, education, health care, public services, immigrant communities, the environment, work and inequality. You’re invited to join the conversation, either online (by commenting on articles like this one) or by participating in a community conversation (see the list of this month’s conversations at the end of this story.)
Is the best solution to:
A: Organize and strategize—Form multiracial alliances, cultivate grassroots leadership, break the silence around racial inequity, hold political leaders accountable.
B: Change the culture to institute necessary economic reforms—Educate the public, focus on the common good, get the vote out, pave the way for reforms, such as changes to the tax system and increased government funding for jobs and education programs.
C: Change behaviors —Focus on the behaviors of poor children, born out of wedlock, into single-parent homes; offer more school choice, exposing poor children to a “tough love” educational environment.
D: A different approach? (please share your ideas).
Scroll down to read background information on this issue, and some of the arguments for each of these proposed solutions.
once my sister tried to suggest ways i could help the world with writing
which i think centered on teaching people english.*
and i got to thinking. i have never had the goal of “helping people,” at least in a traditional charity sense.
i just want to make things. the kind of things that make me feel less weird/alone/bored in life. can i pass that off as helping people?
*ranty side note: considering the growing opinion that “everyone in the world knows english,” teaching english is not necessarily charity, but a way to spread western culture. not that i think it’s wrong - my goal was to teach english in china/brazil after college. we just need to remember it’s a two-way transaction, not “teaching you the language that matters, heathen.” all languages matter. and english is rel’ hard.