Quote for Today: Chase Jarvis

You’ve heard poets talk about poems flowing out of their bodies; painters, they get on a roll. You all have seen the musician, when they are in that state, the guitar, the piano, whatever instrument just becomes part of their body, their ego is completely gone and it is just their connection to the art, their connection to the emotions they are trying to share with the audience- that is pure flow.

Chase Jarvis

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Quote for Today: Eric Hoffer

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Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience… The desire to escape or camouflage their unsatisfactory selves develops in the frustrated a facility for pretending — for making a show — and also a readiness to identify themselves wholly with an imposing spectacle.
Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

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Quote for Today: John Steinbeck

Storyteller Under Sunny Skies by Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes (Jemez Pueblo), 1993 © Wendy Kavener for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis with CCLicense

Storyteller Under Sunny Skies by Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes (Jemez Pueblo), 1993
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A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling, or teaching, or ordering. Rather, he seeks to establish a relationship with meaning, of feeling, of observing. We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. And one of our ancient methods is to tell a story, begging the listener to say, and to feel, “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.” To finish is sadness to a writer, a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.

Quote for Today: Angela Carter

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Ramdas Padhye and his puppet Ardhavatrao
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He is the intermediary between us, his audience, the living, and they, the dolls, the undead, who cannot live at all and yet who mimic the living in every detail since, though they cannot speak or weep, still they project those signals of signification we instantly recognize as language.
―Angela Carter, The Loves of Lady Purple, from Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

Quote for Today: George Carlin

Detail of Amaze-ing Laughter by Yue Minjun © Roland Tanglao with CCLicense

Detail of Amaze-ing Laughter by Yue Minjun
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But when you’re in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you’re guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It’s very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That’s when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow.

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