We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.
Difference is that raw and powerful connection from which our personal power is forged.
Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference; those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older, know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those other identified as outside the structures, in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master's house as their only source of support.
- Mute the world and then build your own 2. Be a craftsman not an artist 3. The only sensible way to live in the world is without rules 4. Some ideas will take half a lifetime 5. Obsess over one project at a time 6. Dream with your eyes open 7. Combine punctuality, discipline, and secrecy 8. The first thing to do with an idea is flip it 9. Nothing works if you can’t trust your instincts 10.Don’t encourage dependency 11. A product can be defined by what it lacks 12.Shoot in any weather 13.Look at yourself through your children’s eyes 14.Infinite space is good for the soul 15.There’s more to the world than meets the eye 16.Constraints breed resourcefulness 17.The highest form of creativity is found by improvising within a set of restrictions 18.Assume it will be a failure and then start working to prevent that 19.Big companies encourage waste and don’t give you the control you desire 20.Maintain control. You might have to buy it 21.Create your own curriculum 22.Give your mind space to think — in the dark 23.Imagination can be trained to fill in the gaps 24.If you are obsessed with it you can make other people obsessed with it too 25.The more stripped down a document the better it is 26.The best product is the one you have to make You can learn more by listening to #313 Christopher Nolan: