“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.’” —Jim Jarmusch (via hangmanblues) (via snowblind) (via isthisblood) (via sine-qua-non) (via sharpless)
updating from my grandmother's retirement home via dial-up
- Me: Oh, you have an email.
- G'ma: No, I got that late last night.
- Me: G'ma, you were online late at night?!
- G'ma: Yes.
- Me: Ooooohhhh.
- G'ma: Do you think I should have looked up some of that naughty stuff?
Dinner conversation with my family
- Me: How is Angelina Jolie having twins?
- Papa: There's this thing called reproduction . . .
- Mara: It's the fertility drugs, it happens to a lot of older women.
- Me: Oh, like Nancy! [Nancy is my parents' next-door neighbor, a 58-year-old woman with 6-year old twins, Aaron and Jennifer.]
- Mama: We should go visit them tomorrow.
- Mara: Yeah, Papa, you should go visit them tomorrow.
- Me: Mara, you should visit them tomorrow.
- Papa: Franny [my parents' dog], go visit them tomorrow.
- Mama: We should get little presents for the twins.
- Me: Like that ratty old tutu of mine you showed me this morning and said we should give to Jennifer? Like that?
- Mama: It wasn't that ratty!
- Me: Oh, it was.
- Mara: We should give them things we find around the house.
- Mama: Nooooo . . .
- Me: Mama, why don't you give them the gift of an education?
- Mama: . . .
- Me: A SEXUAL education!
- Mara: OMG YOU'RE DISGUSTING I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU SAID THAT!
- Papa: THAT WAS WRONG WITH A CAPITAL W.
- Me: I meant sex ed books!