Even if you listen to popular music all day, every day, you don’t get many albums like this in your lifetime. The relationship between the musician and the listener here is as simple as the outcome is intense: only the artist knows exactly how such an album is made, bot only the audience can verify that it is perfect.
All fine and good, but I cannot help thinking that every time I buy a Beck album, Scientology is getting at least a buck, and I pass.
#1. Amateurs talk about William Randolph Hearst. Professionals talk about George Hearst.
#2. Amateurs talk about Mark Twain. Professionals talk about Ambrose Bierce.
#3. Amateurs talk about Bret Harte. Professionals talk about Helen Hunt Jackson.
#4. Amateurs talk about A.P. Gianinni. Professionals talk about Charles Crocker.
#5. Amateurs talk about Missions. Professionals talk about ranchos.
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (via observando)
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