"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
-Octavia E. Butler
It is to be hoped the time will come, thank God, in some circles it already has when language is best used where it is more efficiently abused. Since we cannot dismiss it all at once, at least we do not want to leave anything undone that may contribute to it disrepute. To drill one hole after another into it until that which lurks behind, be it something or nothing, starts seeping through [Ein Loch nach dem andern in ihr zu bohren, bis das Dahinterkauernde, sei es etwas oder nichts, durchzusickern anfängt]."
Samuel Beckett letter to Alexander Kaun
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.
Just Get Shit Done…stop talking about doing things and make them happen. Start small, scale down, make small models really fast, learn to fail faster, then scale up or scale down. It’s better to count your mistakes in minutes, then in years. Trust that others will contribute, add, modify, revise, inform, and transform what you do.
Be Open, Imprecise, Uncertain…it leaves room for others to enter and complete your work. At that point, it becomes their own. Let go and don’t be afraid to give your ideas away. There’s an endless supply of them from where they came from.