Posts tagged "work"


The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing. ~Toni Morrison

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It is too loose, too informal, the construction patterns which control its detailed shape are not harmonious enough, not disciplined enough …

Yet still, this building has just the beginning of a spirit, a hint of a touching quality, which is at least a few steps down the road.

~Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building

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Required Course

All writers look for a way out of writing.
But writing is like serving a jail sentence—
you’re not free until you’ve done your time
on the rock-heap.
~Paul Theroux

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The role of the artist is exactly
the same as the role of the lover.
If I love you, I have to make you conscious
of the things you don’t see.
~ James Baldwin

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