Wednesday, April 22, 2009

stars and prisons

In May, 1889, Van Gogh was admitted to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Remy. One of his greatest paintings, Starry Night was painted in June while he was confined there. He left the asylum for good in the spring of 1890. In July, just as he was starting to receive favorable attention for his work, he committed suicide. Shortly before he died, he wrote "I feel a failure."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Goat Detained over Armed Robbery

Did you read this article? Evidently, Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery. The goat, i imagine, had no comment.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

running and writing: dogs, fights and long distance

Today is the 113th Boston Marathon. (photo is the earliest known photo of the Boston Marathon, 1904)
Running a marathon is a lot about not giving up, putting one foot in front of the other, listening to what you're telling yourself, keeping going, keeping going long after you think your body is out of gas ("the wall"), keeping going even when your quads are screaming at you to walk, and your brain is bargaining with you (those people over there are walking why can't you?, no one is making you do this race, just walk for goodness sake and be done with it). It's about holding your focus, taking the next step and finishing the race.

Writing is like that too. It too is a lot about not giving up, putting down the next paragraph (or sentence, or word), listening to what you're telling yourself, keeping going, keeping going long after you think you're out of ideas, keeping going even when the committee in your head is screaming at you to stop, telling you it's not good or funny or interesting or anything and would you just put down your pen already. It's about holding your focus, writing the next thing and finishing the race.

The best races are the ones you thought you could never finish. And the best ideas often take the longest to discover. (At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) Perhaps Bill Bowerman (1911-1999), legendary track and field coach and Nike Co-Founder, said it best:— “Sometimes what matters is not what dog is in the fight but how much fight is in the dog.”

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