“I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” “At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.” “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” “Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” “Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.” Flannery O’Conner – whose birthday we remember on this date. Image found here. It seems there are far too few pictures available, of such an interesting writer…
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” “I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein And in the spirit of things we don’t understand… I offer the above picture. I don’t understand the physics of it – yet there it is.
“Truth doesn’t pay the bills.” It’s been said by so many different people it’s become a truism; with no one person able to claim definitive authorship. Now, I speak here not of any fractional versions of the truth, nor of distortions promoted for religious, socio/economic or political gain – but of Truth, with a capital ‘T’… Your Truth may vary… But why doesn’t it pay the bills? Is it because ‘they’ haven’t yet figured out how to monetize it? Or is it because, for almost all of us, the bills have become the truth of our existence? If those questions don’t frighten you – if they don’t scare the bejesus right out of you – then perhaps you should read them again. EJ Liederstein
Truth is in the Music; not in the performance. Truth resides in the thing itself, not in how well or how poorly we manage to say it. Mere pyrotechnics or pleasing sounds will never impart to Music a Truth which cannot be found without those sounds. You must never confuse the Truth of the message with the method of delivery. EJ Liederstein The picture is a sign posted inside a hotel elevator in Chiang Mai, Thailand.