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Marcel Duchamp (b. July 28): “I am forced to contradict myself…”

28 Jul


“I am forced to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own tastes.”

~ Marcel Duchamp, b. 28 July 1887

M.C. Escher (b. June 17): “I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.”

17 Jun


“I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.”

~ M.C. Escher, b. 17 June 1898

Joan Miro (b. April 20): “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems.”

20 Apr

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” ~ Joan Miro, b. 20 April 1893

Leonardo da Vinci (b. April 15): “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

15 Apr


“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci, b. 15 April 1452

Vincent Van Gogh ( b. March 30): “I put my heart into my work, and lost my mind.”

30 Mar


“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh, b. 30 March 1853


Maxim Gorky (b. March 28): “Science is the intellect of the world, art its soul.”

28 Mar


“Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.”

~ MAXIM GORKY, b. 28 March 1868


Lady Gaga (b. March 28): “I don’t see myself in terms of artifice.”

28 Mar


“I don’t see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way – artistically.”
~ Lady Gaga, b. 28 March 1986


Jonathan Ames (b. March 23): “I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.”

23 Mar

Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964, is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! And The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive and that makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  5. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

Novels by Alan Annand: free to borrow on Amazon

12 Mar

AMAZON: Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Online Lending Library

All of my novels are now available. Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow 10 ebooks at a time with no due dates. Amazon Prime members can borrow one ebook a month, no due date. KU/KOLL titles can be read on any Amazon device or Kindle app.

Along with four other mysteries, my NEW AGE NOIR trilogy is available as single novels, or in a box set. Steven Forrest says, “The coolest thing is that the detective is an astrologer, and the normal clue-following is aided by various divinatory arts. There’s just enough technical astrology to make it plausible without ever lapsing into a tutorial. That’s a hard balancing act to get right and Alan nails it.”

Neil Postman (b. March 8th): “In Russia, writers with grievances are arrested; in America they go on TV talk shows where only their development is arrested.”

8 Mar

Neil Postman (born 8 March 1931, died 5 October 2003), was an American author, media theorist and cultural critic, who is best known by the general public for his 1985 book about television, Amusing Ourselves to Death. For more than forty years, he was associated with New York University.

Quotes on writing:

  1. In Russia, writers with serious grievances are arrested, while in America they are merely featured on television talk shows, where all that is arrested is their development.
  2. The reader must come armed, in a serious state of intellectual readiness. This is not easy because he comes to the text alone. In reading, one’s responses are isolated, one’s intellect thrown back on its own resources. To be confronted by the cold abstractions of printed sentences is to look upon language bare, without the assistance of either beauty or community. Thus, reading is by its nature a serious business. It is also, of course, an essentially rational activity.
  3. What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny ‘failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions’. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
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