|© Callum Hayton 2013|
I am obsessed with Sheila Heti's From My Diaries. She catalogued lines and phrases from her diaries (2006-2010) in alphabetical order and it's beautiful. It's interesting to see what ideas and even exact phrases occur repeatedly. Maybe something to try just before Jan 1st 2015 with this year's journals. This year has been the first in my who life where I have consistently journalled and it would give a sense of closure to this year before beginning the next and also I could see what I whine about the most.
A couple of times a week I have run away after lectures to Waterstones bookshop to read books I can't afford. There are five floors of brilliance to peruse and every time I find myself scrunched up in a corner on a window seat for hours reading and looking down at the high-street below. It's not like there isn't a huge library on campus but there's something about the atmosphere of a bookshop which trumps that of an academic library. The first time I did this I felt bad about reading the books and not buying them until I read David Quantick's How to Write Everything and tweeted him saying I loved it and admitted that I had read it without buying it, and he replied telling me to take pictures of the pages. So nice.
I read Austin Kleon's Steal like an Artist and Show Your Work, both of which are incredibly inspiring. Austin first got known for his Newspaper Blackout poetry and now these two books.
In Steal Like An Artist Austin talks about:
-heroes and influences
-you don't have to know who you are before you create something
-originality is basically an illusion
-cool people like John Waters, Conan O'Brien, David Hockney,
In Show Your Work
-sharing your work and your inspiration
-not being human spam (only talking and not listening)
-being part of a 'scenius' - collaborators, great people making great stuff
-learning things in public
- cool people like Joni Mitchell, Kurt Vonnegut
This talk at ConFab came out about a week ago and focuses mainly on Show Your Work
Films watched a couple of weeks ago:
We Are The Best - A Swedish film about three punk girls who start a band (Images from Tumblr)
The Zero Theorem - Terry Gilliam's film which is absolutely stunning even though it's slightly depressing. It is a film that made me think; 'Where are the stories about non-male characters who have existential crises?' (If you know of any I'd really love to know) (Images from Tumblr)
There's David Thewlis in a tiger suit though and Tilda Swinton's Scottish accent is everything.
So, what's going on with you?