I wish that future novelists would reject the pressure to write for the betterment of society. Art is not media. A novel is not an “afternoon special” or fodder for the Twittersphere or material for journalists to make neat generalizations about culture. A novel is not BuzzFeed or NPR or Instagram or even Hollywood. Let’s get clear about that. A novel is a literary work of art meant to expand consciousness. We need novels that live in an amoral universe, past the political agenda described on social media. We have imaginations for a reason. Novels like American Psycho and Lolita did not poison culture. Murderous corporations and exploitive industries did. We need characters in novels to be free to range into the dark and wrong. How else will we understand ourselves?
∆ OTTESSA MOSHFEGH
Frank Lloyd Wrights: Apprentice Manifesto
An honest ego in a healthy body.
An eye to see nature
A heart to feel nature
Courage to follow nature
The sense of proportion (humor)
Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work
Fertility of imagination
Capacity for faith and rebellion
Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance
we really out here on this beautiful, spinning, floating rock worried about anything other than how we're all connected and all we need to do is make people we love feel special : to be made to feel special : to host : to feed : to tend to : to wake up early and catch the sunrise : to live?
I kept noticing a self-help cliche that people say to each other all the time, and share on Facebook incessantly. We say to each other: 'Nobody can help you except you.' It made me realize: we haven't just started doing things alone more, in every decade since the 1930s. We have started to believe that doing things alone is the natural state of human beings, and the only way to advance. We have begun to think: I will look after myself, and everybody else should look after themselves, as individuals. Nobody can help you but you. Nobody can help me but me. These ideas now run so deep in our culture that we even offer them as feel-good bromides to people who feel down - as if it will lift them up. But John has proven that this is a denial of human history, and a denial of human nature. It leads us to misunderstand our most basic instincts. And this approach to life makes us feel terrible.