"You've got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell. But the amateur can only realize his ability to transfer his emotions to another person by some such desperate and radical expedient as tearing your first tragic love story out of your heart and putting it on pages for people to see. That, anyhow, is the price of admission. Whether you are prepared to pay it is something for you to decide. But literature, even light literature, will accept nothing less from the neophyte. It is one of those professions that wants the "works."
"Critics and Influencers don't like Celine Dion. We do not dismiss Dion because she’s incompetent. Indeed, her competence may well be a problem, because it means she excludes nobody, apart from us, and those who invest heavily in cultural capital don’t like art that can’t exclude: it’s confusing."
"For an adult, the world is constantly trying to clamp down on itself, Springsteen says. Routine, responsibility, decay of institutions, corruption: this is all the world closing in. Music, when it’s really great, pries that sh*t back open and lets people back in, it lets light in, and air in, and energy in, and sends people home with that and sends me back to the hotel with it. People carry that with them sometimes for a very long period of time."
"Tumblr is the mullet theory of social software design... It’s all business in the front: you have your blog that looks like any other blog, although usually prettier. And then the real party is in the back, through the social interaction on the dashboard. You can comment on someone else’s post, by reblogging it and adding your reaction. But that reaction appears on your Tumblr, not the one you’re commenting on. So if you’re going to be a jerk, you’re looking like a jerk in your own space, and my space is still pristine."
"Wisdom says beauty is a fading flower but it attracts more admiration than wit, goodness or anything else in this world."
"Scrat is a pantomime character. There is a unique impact when a character doesn't have dialogue but is still so expressive and so easily understood. He reflects the same Sisyphean frustration as Wile E. Coyote. As a result, the Ice Age movies are able to entertain even the youngest moviegoers and do especially well internationally. He might be the only voice that translates into every language."
"Nearly half of 13 to 17-year-olds say their favorite way to communicate with friends is in person. Texting is a close second, though, with one-third saying they prefer it."
"Just one tweet from Nina Garcia boosted J.C. Penney's stock."