—Adam Haslett, in response to the question: “Can you recall early challenges you faced, writerly or otherwise?”
Just got back from watching Tree of Life. It left both my roommate and I in tears and full of observations on the world and nature and creation and the bestowing of grace and what a gift forgiveness can be.
It is a beautiful, touching, poignant, troubling, ultimately redemptive film. Highly recommended.
Libby Copeland, “The Anti-Social Network,” Slate.com
(Taken roughly from Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together)
Roommate: ya thanks for bein’ cool
Me: i’m always cool, girl
Roommate: except when you’re hot
Roommate: callin’ it like it is
But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.
Then I bring up the bad news: You have to make time to do this.
This means you have to grasp that your manic forms of connectivity—cell phone, email, text, Twitter—steal most chances of lasting connection or amazement. That multitasking can argue a wasted life. That a close friendship is worth more than material success.”
—The mighty Ms. Lamott, telling it like it is.
—Jennifer Knapp, saying things I totally agree with