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I’m most superstitious about hubris. I am terrified about having things taken away from me because I finally relax. When I wrote the pilot of Mad Men, I was saying, I’m already successful, why am I not happy? Now it’s become, You didn’t even know what success was. What if your dreams came true?
—Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men in an interview with The Paris Review
- Andy: They’re trying. But they know they’re not going to get anything on the air. Lesson One is they got to live and die on Friday night. They got to feel like success in a 3 minute sketch is the same thing as love. And they got to fear failure like it’s grim death. They got to be every bit as damaged as you are.
- Danny: What do you think he should do?
- Andy: Toss them in the river [...] Give their sketch a spot at the dress [rehearsal] tonight. Let them hear what 300 people not laughing sounds like.
— From an episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies. That, to me, is a lie. Everything’s not okay.
— David Fincher in a 2007 interview with Esquire
But the skill I picked up in school that turned out to be the most valuable was learning how to take a punch. We had these insane critiques where we’d trash each other viciously. […] It was an art form in itself. We were basically trying to see if we could get each other to drop out of school.
— Mike Monteiro talks about design & business in an interview
Who in hell ever respected Shelley, Whitman, Poe, O. Henry, Verlaine, Swinburne, Villon, Shakespeare ect when they were alive. Shelley + Swinburne were fired from college; Verlaine + O Henry were in jail. The rest were drunkards or wasters and told generally by the merchants and petty politicians and jitney messiahs of their day that real people wouldn’t stand it. And the merchants and messiahs, the shrewd + the dull, are dust — and the others live on.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald responds to hate mail
If you don’t understand the business of your art then it is just a hobby.
- Charlie: Fix that.
- MacKenzie: How?
- Charlie: You put a help wanted ad in the paper for someone who can do your job.
- MacKenzie: Good. Anything else?
- Charlie: I just want to know that it didn’t happen.
- MacKenzie: That’s not easy to do.
- Charlie: You should include in the ad that applicants need to be able to do hard things.
— From an episode of Newsroom
But as anything that is exciting to people, it will often be co-opted by others who aren’t as disciplined about it and all of a sudden it becomes cliché.
— David Fincher in an interview with Art of the Title
[...] readers should always question the veracity of what they read and the motives of whoever wrote it, and in the internet age more than ever. People who allow themselves to be made credulous by stylish typesetting and a serif font are screwed. And if Wikipedia, while being very informative in most cases, teaches a few lessons about questioning sources, then that’s all to the good.
—David Mitchell in his column, Twitter ye not – I adore Wikipedia
Black and white tux,
ain’t no need for no other colors
“Why don’t she change her clothes?”
Well they ain’t seem to mind
the last 3 times I posed in Vogue
—Janelle Monáe (“Tightrope” Wondamix)
Argh the rain. Forgive me, but it’s easier to stay home and work in Portland because I don’t feel like I’m missing any giant events. In New York I might be tempted to go out every night and sleep all day [...]
— Chuck Palahniuk in his Ask Me Anything reddit interview
My buddy Will Duncan — who used to live in Portland — messaged me with similar thoughts a few months back: “Work is easier when you live in a place with shitty weather, this perfect everyday Santa Cruz shit is killing me.”
Speaking as a kid from the Bay Area, a former Portland resident and a current Brooklyn wanderer who works from home: I concur.
Previously: Rainy night
Yeah, he gets two times the views I get
But he took my style, so dude’s my kid.
You sent me a message saying I influenced you —
This is true life shit.
So if I win, you lose. But if I lose… I win.
— Ness Lee in a rap battle vs Shotty Horroh