The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

the machine stops by e.m. forster

The Machine Stops by Edward Morgan Forster is a short story published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review in 1909. What’s most amazing to me is imaginging what prompted him to write this story in those days. This “meditation” of his, as he calls it, predicts with almost eerie accuracy some developments which seem to … Read more

do it anyway – mother teresa

mother teresa artwork

This poem and prayer was found on the walls of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta: People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Forgive them anyway. If you are kind,people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Be kind anyway. If you are successful,you will win some false friends and some true enemies.Succeed anyway. If you … Read more

why jerry seinfeld didn’t do a 10th season (despite being offered $110M+)

Jerry Seinfeld co-created the most successful show in the history of television, and after nine seasons they offered him $110 million to do one more season—and he said no. Years later, Howard Stern asked him why he didn’t accept the offer, and his answer was beautiful: The love affair between the people that were making … Read more

even the greats make stupid mistakes – dominic miller’s ridiculous audition with sting

One of the great musical collaborations of recent times had quite a funny origin. Sting and Dominic Miller created incredible songs together, including Fields of Gold, and Shape Of My Heart. But Miller almost screwed it up. He was a musician in London at the time, and got invited to audition with Sting, who at … Read more

how to be consistent

how to be consistent like a bricklayer

For most of my life, I’ve been someone who works in bouts of inspiration. When I’m on, I’m really on. When I’m not, I’m completely gone. This has it’s good sides and bad sites: but some things just require consistency over long periods of time. Something I didn’t possess. And so eventually I asked myself: … Read more

longhand writing

longhand writing

Paul Auster. Neil Gaiman. David Foster Wallace. Susan Sontag. J.K. Rowling. James Patterson. They all wrote longhand. (And of course all the greats of literature that lived before the invention of the typewriter in the 19th century.) As the world changed, so did the way we communicate. What was once done in longhand writing with … Read more

Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art has been so influential to my life and my pursuit of prolific practice, that I naturally went down a Pressfield rabbit hole, reading nearly everything written by the man himself, a lot written about him, and watched dozens of interviews. The more I learned about him, the more … Read more