You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘writing’ category.

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are no way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -Kurt Vonnegut

Advertisements

A woman comes into the office and asks for a copy of the most recent newspaper. I point to the stack on the rack next to my desk as she explains she works in human resources and would like to send a copy of the local newspaper to a candidate for an open position.

The woman looks at the paper, thanks me and turns to leave without paying.

“It’s 75¢,” I say politely.

“You’re going to charge me for this?” the woman asks. “You’re going to charge me to send this to a job candidate?”

My response: “Ummm, yeah.”

“I can’t believe this,” she says. Apparently not understanding my response, the woman paraphrases her first two questions and asks, “You’re going to charge me for a newspaper?”

“Well, yeah, we sell newspapers,” I explain. “That’s what we do.”

*IRRITATED SIGH*

“I’ll have to go get my purse,” she snapped. “I’ll need a receipt for this.”

So I wrote a receipt. For 75¢.

One sentence. True stories, told in one sentence.

 daily palette

My new favorite daily-web-thing is The Daily Palette, a project by the University of Iowa to highlight the state’s artists – writers, painters, photographers, sculptors, video artists, etc. Something new everyday from someone in Iowa!

miranda july

Check out this site for No one belongs here more than you. Stories by Miranda July.

Found on bblinks.

 visual thesaurus

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus may be just what I need to expand my vocabulary. Innovative, visual and interactive – perfect for a designer! I’m seriously considering a subscription to this online service. Does anyone have any experience with or feedback on Thinkmap?