A park bench allows for a sense of solitude and community at the same time, a simultaneity that’s crucial to life in a city
"It might be the high fidelity of a good LP on a great turntable. It sounds just like the original recording.
It might be the high fidelity of loyalty. No shopping around for a momentarily better deal.
It might be the high fidelity of genre. This is just what you hoped it would be.
And it might be the high fidelity of a simulation, which is sort of a combination of the previous three.
Sometimes, authenticity is overrated. When we make a promise and keep it, we’re creating a fidelity that people are drawn to."—Seth Godin
In Chinese myth, Chaos is not a figure of Evil (as in most western mythology) but is instead full of potential, benevolent if somewhat eerie, the ultimate force and source of all creation, of the myriad things like seeds in a gourd or the chopped up goodies in a won-ton, or the water in a spillover-vessel which flows out, letting each stream find its own channel, fertilising the earth, bringing everything into becoming.
I like to get back to that childlike state of not knowing. Take wine bottles. Forget everything you think you know about them and go back to the beginning. Why are they 750ml? Because that’s the lung capacity of a French glassblower. That’s how it became the prototype of a wine bottle. Soon that develops into a stereotype for a particular region like Bordeaux – a branded object. Later it becomes the archetype – a symbol in your head that stands for wine in general. Prototype, stereotype, archetype – trace it back and you get somewhere interesting.
— Dean Poole
Award-winning painter, Georgia O'Keefe, suggests optimizing for your interests rather than your happiness: "I do not like the idea of happiness — it is too momentary. I would say that I was always busy and interested in something — interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness." Source: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O’Keeffe & Anita Pollitzer
You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else - that's how you'll get ahead. (p. 19)
Kleon, A. (2012). Steal Like An Artist. Ten Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. Workman Publishing Company: New York.
The goal in curating a collection is to build a group of items that speak to one another in intelligent and interesting ways. Their conversation together tells a story that would otherwise remain unheard.