“I started living alone, vacuuming my apartment weekly, saving parmesan rinds for soup, calling to negotiate better rates for utilities. I became a better cook and friend, especially to myself. These specific tasks are not meant to demonstrate adulthood, the inane fantasy of the unrigorous that there is a finite level—based often on what you can afford to own and what that implies—at which no further acquisition of skills or growth is necessary. Rather, it’s to illustrate that I now live my life in a way that suggests I care to be in it. Naturally that desire transfers to other tasks, practices, and ways of relating––what I mean is that it transfers to love.” - lucy morris
what do we do when the resistance against commodification has itself become commodified?
Watson’s answer lies in the battleground of online culture today, one in which he sees a warm hope for the online left in the tradition of modernist philosophical aesthetics. More precisely, Watson implores internet content creation as a cultural endeavour that could begin to open cracks in capitalism’s totalisation, which is fitting given that Watson credits many of the ideas found in the book to the online movement he co-runs, The Acid Left, and accords with Fisher’s final remarks in Capitalist Realism.
In Potawatomi, the strawberry is 𝘰𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘯, the heart berry. Strawberries first shaped my view of a world full of gifts simply scattered at your feet. A gift comes to you through no action of your own, free, having moved toward you without your beckoning. It is not a reward; you cannot earn it, or call it to you... and yet it appears. Your only role is to be open-eyed and present.
| Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
You may think that if your studio is tidy, it will free you up to be more efficient, and therefore, you will produce more. Maybe that will help you in the execution stage of your work if you’re, say, a printmaker pulling prints, but it won’t help you come up with an interesting design for the next print. It’s always a mistake to equate productivity and creativity. They are not the same. In fact, they’re frequently at odds with each other: You’re often most creative when you’re the least productive.
| Austin Kleon