If you make art, people will talk about it. Some of the things they say will be nice, some won’t. You’ll already have made that art, and when they’re talking about the last thing you did, you should already be making the next thing.
If bad reviews (of whatever kind) upset you, just don’t read them. It’s not like you’ve signed an agreement with the person buying the book to exchange your book for their opinion.
Do whatever you have to do to keep making art. I know people who love bad reviews, because it means they’ve made something happen and made people talk; I know people who have never read any of their reviews. It’s their call. You get on with making art."
Olafur Eliasson has installed a riverbed inside the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark
"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."
Stephen R. Covey
"This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time."
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
"A tortured soul is a tortured soul and will eventually cease to function in any useful way unless they get help. Unless they sail to the land of happy every now and again, where everything is the right way up, then they will simply fall off the edge of the world. A good way I’ve found to navigate is with songs and music."
Thom Yorke, Details, 1997
Lily Myers, “Shrinking Women” (CUPSI 2013)
"This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence."
"The lower class is just the upper class without a sitting room."
Black Francis & Josh Frank, The Good Inn
"You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives."
Modest Mouse - Edit The Sad Parts(49 plays)
"I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return."
Haruki Murakami, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World