“One misperception about art is that it abhors boundaries. Art to some people means operating without rules, with full freedom and no consequences.This is silly. Without boundaries, you can’t make art. Art lives on the edge of the boundaries.
Palindromes, for example, require writing a sentence that’s the same forward and backward. Somthing like, “No, Mel Gibson is a casino’s big lemon.” If you pushed to do palindromes that didn’t actually reflect letter by letter, that would certainly change the status quo, but I’m not sure they’d be worth much. It’s too easy to make detective palindromes.
Yes, I know you can make a good movie for twenty million dollars, but all we have is five. Yes, I know that your retail store would do better if you were on Main Street, but there’s no room there; there’s room here. And yes, I know it would be better if you had more time, but no, we don’t.
Pick which rules to break, and embrace the rest.”
-Seth Godin The Icarus Decption
President Obama speaking on life as the president -
“You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”
Via Vanity Fair
NYT: What’s with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear? Do you have anything else in your closet?
Cornel West: I’ve got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle.
NYT: Your cemetery clothes?
Cornel West: It’s ready to die, brother. If I drop dead, I am coffin-ready. I got my tie, my white shirt, everything. Just fix my Afro nice in the coffin.
I wore Minimalist Tees everyday of 2012, here’s how it went:
There is a simplicity when getting dressed for the day. I’ve gotten used to using no mental effort whatsoever on deciding what to wear. There is only so much space in my mind and one less thing is only beneficial.
I didn’t buy a single article of clothing all year. Anything that keeps me away from shopping is a good thing. No time spent shopping, trying stuff on, comparing prices, buyers regret, returning stuff, and thinking about what to get next.
We don’t naturally keep track of how often buying stuff occupies our minds. Wearing the same clothes everyday helped me realize how often that really is. It made me more conscious of all purchases, not just clothes. Wearing the same clothes every day gave me a constant reminder to not buy stuff I don’t need.
No matter what anyone says we all take into consideration what the clothes we wear say about us to other people. I think most people who see a guy wearing a shirt that says Thursday think its kinda funny. The people who see you every day like coworkers and friends get used to it and it fades into the background. Over the last year I’ve come to appreciate the quote, “You would care less about what people thought of you if you knew how little they did.”
The two most common questions from strangers are, “Do you have one for everyday?” and “Do you ever accidently wear the wrong shirt for the day?” One time a guy told me that even better than a shirt for each day would be a shirt for each month, I have to agree.
So far so good, let’s see how it goes in 2013.