“I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn’t know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out.”—John Waters on what you should give for Christmas (cf. what to do if you go to someone’s house without books)
“É prerrogativa de romancistas criar personagens que matam aqueles de historiadores. A razão é que os historiadores evocam meros fantasmas, enquanto romancistas criam gente de carne e osso.”—Alexandre Dumas, citado por Eco em Confissões de um Jovem Romancista. p. 66
If you ever want to find out just how uninteresting you really are, get a job where the quality and frequency of your thoughts determine your livelihood. I’ve found that the only way I can keep writing every day, year after year, is to let my mind wander into new territories. To do that, I’ve had to cultivate a kind of mental playfulness.
At school, new ideas are thrust at you every day. Out in the world, you’ll have to find the inner motivation to search for new ideas on your own. With any luck at all, you’ll never need to take an idea and squeeze a punchline out of it, but as bright, creative people, you’ll be called upon to generate ideas and solutions all your lives. Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems. […] A playful mind is inquisitive, and learning is fun. If you indulge your natural curiosity and retain a sense of fun in new experience, I think you’ll find it functions as a sort of shock absorber for the bumpy road ahead.
Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.