some advice

From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I am currently on a group spiritual retreat. While I’m away I thought I might offer some quotes that I find beneficial to me as a writer and a person in general.

Make your ego porous, will of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


I’m often asked if there is something I think writers ought to do, and recently in an interview I heard myself say: “Several things. Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.” Needless to say, no sooner had these perky phrases fallen out of my mouth than I thought of some more recipes for writer’s virtue. For instance: “Be serious.” By which I meant: Never be cynical. And which doesn’t preclude being funny.

~ Susan Sontag


Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or feeds your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal that speak to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case remember what Jean-Luc Gudard said: “It’s not where you take things from — It’s where you take them to.”

~ Jim Jarmusch


One must prepare the looking, the right climate of mind around the eye.

~ Herbert Blau


some advice