The most important is that I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. I can’t do it late in the afternoon because I’m too close to it. Also, the drink helps. It removes me from the pages. So I spend this hour taking things out and putting other things in. Then I start the next day by redoing all of what I did the day before, following these evening notes. When I’m really working I don’t like to go out or have anybody to dinner, because then I lose the hour. If I don’t have the hour, and start the next day with just some bad pages and nowhere to go, I’m in low spirits. Another thing I need to do, when I’m near the end of the book, is sleep in the same room with it. That’s one reason I go home to Sacramento to finish things. Somehow the book doesn’t leave you when you’re asleep right next to it. In Sacramento nobody cares if I appear or not. I can just get up and start typing.
Always maintain your own rhythm.
we run through a DESERT on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted.
see you there
I always feel some sense of shame after I put something out in the world. I think if you’ve really put yourself into something, then you do feel some sense of why have I done this and what have I done. If you don’t feel ashamed, then you haven’t really committed yourself, you’ve just made something cool.
—Artist Mark Leckey on being ashamed of yourself
“Tonight I think we can see our city through the lens of glamour and beauty and cultural accomplishment.
But let’s just have that be tonight. And when we wake up tomorrow morning, let’s secretly keep it a fixer-upper.”
(everything is still possible)
Artist Lari Pittman on our city’s recent spotlight