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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

*bookmark* 

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annstreetstudio:

“There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta…”

Sometimes I feel like I get in trouble because all I want is to get caught up and live in the romantic, beautiful world like the one ODLR has built these floral walls around. Every woman looks like a modern day Hepburn gliding down the runway and it’s all I can do to stay focused on taking the picture rather than getting lost in the garden party of dreams. High above Bryant Park to sound of classical music, we were all lovely ladies for Oscar’s moment in time…

As I contemplate paying $25 more a month to live closer to work is really worth the money, I take a break to fantasize what living a life of class, ease and unjustifiable wealth would look like. And the answer is, of course, owning a wardrobe entirely designed by  Oscar de la Renta. 

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Imagine how lonely Jesus must have felt at times, being on earth knowing full well he doesn’t belong here. Surrounded by people who couldn’t even begin to grasp who he was. Or was he never vulnerable because he was one with his Father in its entirety at all times? 

Does being lonely mean not being secure in who you are and who you belong to? 

Well, I feel lonely tonight - just a little bit.