How to set the tone

  Look at that tree. It's a pretty normal tree, right? I tried to pick a very neutral picture of a tree--one that could be anywhere, with anything going on around it outside the frame. Anything could be happening to the person observing it. How would you choose to describe this tree? That choice should …

Create without conditions

Imagine a cellist playing one of Bach's solo suites. Does he consider his audience? (Did Bach, for that matter?) Does he play the suite differently to audiences of different incomes and educations and social backgrounds? No, the work selects its audience. -- Verlyn Klinkenborg One could argue the above quote by noting that pop bands …

It’s happening again…

The book I'm listening to, Replay, is laying the groundwork to really piss me off. After living his life over several times, the protagonist, Jeff, sees a movie out in theaters that he's never heard of before. It is a huge blockbuster that he definitely would have heard of or seen before in his previous …