Recommended Reading / 38.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Every Monday, words to start the week. 

This week, from Letters of Note: a letter written in 1965 from artist Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse. Hesse, also an artist, was struggling to create (sounds familiar). In friendly response to her dilemma, LeWitt wrote, among other things:

Learn to say "Fuck You" to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO.

Amazing. Find the letter in its entirety, here.

Three more, just because:
-The world's oldest person just turned 116 this week. Her secret? Sleep.
-The makings of the perfect cake for summer: figs, honey, mascarpone, pistachios.
-From Georgia O'Keefe: "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."

More recommended reading, here. Have a very happy (late) Monday.


Anonymous said...

Love that letter!

Agatha said...

cool links, thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Oh, that cake!

burntfeather said...

Luckily I love sleep :) I may also like drinking occasionally though :P Awesome links as always Shoko!!

Diana said...

loved reading this! thank you for sharing!

Rachel said...

LOVE this. It's kind of ridiculous how hard JUST DOING is. It seems so simple up until the actual point of action, and that supposed simplicity is what makes it all the more frustrating when it's difficult to follow through. For me, perfectionism is the biggest obstacle. I think it's about building up the habit of being okay with messiness or imperfection. But again, easier said than done. =]

Huy Bui said...

this is great ... we impose these thoughts are on ourselves, no one else!

thank you Shoko!

Shoko said...

Fee, I believe that's another proven life-extender, if used properly :)

Diana, it's my pleasure, always.

Rachel, it is so much easier said than done! Learning to be okay with occasional messiness has been an ongoing challenge for me, too...

Huy, yes!


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