photographs from NM, and eclectic commentary


“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.”

– Salvador Dalí

“Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time, trains takes you to places. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine… I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

– Hugo Cabret

“In rivers the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes: so with time present.”

– Leonardo da Vinci.

“I’ll tell you exactly what I would do if I were 20 and wanted to be a good writer. I would study maintenance, preferably plumbing. … So that I could command my own hours and make a good living on my own time.”

RIP, Gore Vidal.

“All anything takes, really, is confidence.”

– Rachel Ward.

“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.”

– R. Buckminster Fuller.

“I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.”

– Dumas.

“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”

– Thoreau.

“All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles … unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing … better than to follow nature.”

– Caravaggio.

“An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.”

– de Montesquieu.

“What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”

– Kerouac.