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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Give Us Astonishment

God, give us a long winter
and quiet music, and patient mouths,
and a little pride - before
our age ends.
Give us astonishment
and a flame, high, bright.
- Adam Zagajewski

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Wise Words

        "I always take more pleasure in liking something than in disliking something. That’s not to say there aren’t some things that deserve to be liked and some things that deserved to be disliked, but I’m never fond of disliking something.

        The lesson I’ve learned is to be wary of those who are. The ones who seem to think that being critical is the same as having good taste. Those people almost never have good taste, so their opinions don’t matter.
        There’s no particular sophistication required to be a critic. We know this, because children often dislike foods they learn to love as adults.
       So, even if what you’ve done isn’t so great, just remember that those who can’t say so with grace, those who seem to take pride in criticizing you, their opinions don’t matter. It may very well be that you’ve created a masterpiece, and they’re just children.
       If you can learn to be a fair judge of yourself, you won’t feel the need to rely on other people’s opinions."