Marcel Duchamp on Creativity

“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”

Marcel Duchamp

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“Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year,” by Kim Liao

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Has anyone read this article?  Followed this advice?  It seems at first odd, but the focus on rejections seems to take the sting out of the submission process, focusing on rejections rather than acceptances.   I haven’t done this, but wonder if people have read this or have sage advice on rejections.

What Does Beat Mean?

A publisher recently asked me what I meant by “beat.”

The word beat comes from “beat” as in music.  The beat poets often performed in conjunction with instruments.  “Beat” also means defeated and “beat” as in beatify means to make blessed. What do you think beat poetry means?

 

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The Third War Was for the Words

“The third war was for the words: written, spoken, whispered.” Holly Karapetkova

I wonder how often we fight over words.  Politicians and lawyers argue over the words used in laws that will determine inhibitions to our behaviour.   And what of the privileged language?  The one that is used, say English, over others, where not everyone speaks the privileged language.  And what about dialects within that privileged language.  The British caste system of upper middle class dialect versus cockney.

What do you think about the war of words?

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