i think being trans and having a body can be a deeply embarrassing and existentially horrifying experience and it's really nice to be relieved of that for a little while
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