Substantially rewritten, the thing I sent you the other day. I was excited at having cleared the mental deck to start writing it, and in my mild euphoria, sent it a day too soon. There were a lot of sloppy, shit lines in there begging for the axe, or the doctor. I obliged the malformed little fuckers, saving the ones I could.
Working on part two now, just thought I’d take a minute to e-check in. Hope your work is going well and you’re whistling while you do it.
Writing easily, and steady progress, only come, I think, by writing steadily, every day.
Don’t take a day off when you don’t write, edit and improve at least a couple of lines. Even if it’s just a text.
In my college gym class there was a sign in the apparatus room where the gymnasts worked out. It said: practice good hand stands everywhere.
gradient by Crayola (markers, two sets)
Crude calligraphy aside, we hold these two to be self-evident.
The first means “the law does not concern itself with trifles”, a self-evident yet supremely aggravating truth to everyone fucked without a remedy at law.
The second means “first do no harm” and it is one we should all try to live by, is it not?
My sister and I both took French in school. Any time the subject came up our father would chirp “mettez le crayon sur le pupitre”. Put the pencil on the desk.
Years later, when the subject of French came up in my uncle’s house my uncle immediately chirped “mettez le crayon sur le pupitre.” My sister and I both laughed.
My uncle explained: we had the same French teacher.
“We agreed about so many things, but fought about all of them. Ain’t dassum shit?”
Not my insight, I found it in a sketchbook where I made a note of it a few years ago during a Conflict Resolution seminar at Cardozo law school, but it struck me as a good one, and important to consider at this moment in history (Calli and Noodler’s are inks I was comparing for blackness):
John Oliver illustrates this point beautifully here.