— Unnamed venture capitalist in this story about Terry Semel’s legacy at Yahoo. I definitely left Yahoo! with a sense of humility and fire in the belly, both of which have been useful at Etsy.
Society says, “You’re too old, Wooderson. You’re a has-been; you gotta get on with your life.” But Wooderson knows who he is, what he wants, and is a very simple and content man. I always saw him as right on time, in his glory days—in his mind, and that’s all that matters… .
I always saw Wooderson as an American classic. Soon as I read his response, “That’s what I love about high school girls: I get older, they stay the same age,” I flew with him. I said to myself, Anyone who believes in that has massaged a massive perception into a personal truth, without attitude or a need to defend. That is a classic character."
Matthew McConaughey talking about his classic character David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused, ”An Oral History of Dazed and Confused”
Ouch. I’m a fan of the DK’s and my 15-year-old self is an even bigger fan.
The DK’s Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death might be my favorite album title ever.
The European: You do draw a lot of inspiration from books. What are books better at than the Internet?
Popova: Literature is the original Internet – every footnote, every citation, every allusion is essentially a hyperlink to another text, to another mind. The difference – the advantage, for me at least – is that in books, those “links” don’t beckon as immediate demands for our attention, redirecting us elsewhere before we’ve finished the present thought, but serve instead as gentle invitations to extend this thought once we’ve finished absorbing and digesting it. There’s something to be said for the value of slow, continuous, deliberate thinking, which remains the forte of books and the Achilles heel of the vast majority of the web."
— Hemingway on writing, via Brainpickings.
— Key piece of advice from Ben Horowitz’s excellent book, The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers.
Great quote from an Etsy seller in the Wholesale program:
What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer to those just starting out?
Get in over your head and work your butt off until you’re not in over your head anymore. It feels great to conquer more than you think is surmountable.
Winter Cabin Collection came together in 2012 when the owners of Wanderlust in Portland, Oregon asked artists Mary Kate McDevitt and Fred DiMeglio to create a holiday window display for their shop, melding their distinct artistic styles. They loved the resulting designs and began to brainstorm a full line of products inspired by their collaboration. Over the next few months they designed, sketched, made a business plan and formed the limited-edition Winter Cabin Collection.
What do you love most about your job?
We love being independent and being able to work hard at a craft that we find very rewarding. The process of working together to bring ideas to fruition is endlessly exciting!
What’s your favorite product you’ve ever created?
Our favorite product is the “Hunker Down with Me” banner. We always say hunker down when we settle in for the night, and we love to watch our cat, Peppy, when she hunkers down for a good nap.
Q: How does writing lines of computer code relate to your writing lines of verse?
A: I tend to break things up into functions. If I were building a cash register, I’d build the “add” and “subtract” and “running total” functions. If I were building a book about lynching, I build “how the crowd gathers” function; “how fear works” function; the “grieving” function; the “questioning if this is the best way” function. If a poem is a tiny machine, then a volume of poetry is a car or a plane—a bunch of parts that come together to perform a larger action."
— From “Computer Engineering: A Fine Day Job for a Poet: TJ Jarrett on how her IT career fits in with her life as a writer" in The Atlantic. Always fascinated with the intersections of different types of creativity.
— The opening lines to Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.