“The thing that transforms something from being an idea to being a physical reality is work,” Mr. Longstreth, 27, said when he sat down to an interview (between rehearsals for the tour). “You can have outlandish ideas, but if you don’t work at them, they just remain outlandish ideas. Anyone can have an idea. Work is transformative.”—‘The Experimental, Led by the Obsessive’ (via howtowork)
“A consistent impression I had of watching Murphy and his band work was that, no matter what happened, Murphy rarely lost control, or believed his own press, or became entranced by the significant popularity that he had unexpectedly generated. Nothing was a big deal, except that it always was, insofar as everybody involved wanted things to go well because the project was a gorgeous lark that had become meaningful to people in a way that so many self-serious artists would kill for. An anti-star had become a star while managing not to romanticize a moment that was acutely personal for fans who wanted nothing more than that moment to continue. A perfect place to stop.”—
I know now that this was [Richard] Florida’s true genius: He took our anxiety about place and turned it into a product. He found a way to capitalize on our nagging sense that there is always somewhere out there more creative, more fun, more diverse, more gay, and just plain better than the one where we happen to be.
But I’ve been down that road, and I know where it goes. I know that it leads both everywhere and nowhere. I know you could go down it forever and never quite arrive. And I know now that it may be wiser to try to create the place you want to live, rather than to keep trying to find it.
“Market research thereby reminds us that the consumer arena is about making yourself heard, making yourself known and feeling like you really matter — it’s certainly not about the humdrum acquisition of use values. No one wants to feel the exclusion of the disqualified consumer. Moreover, the market itself is where to seek that sort of affirmation about the significance of your opinion. And it reinforces the consumerist notion that opinions are the essence of you; as far as society (i.e. the aggregate of individual choices mediated by markets) is concerned, we are the sum of our opinions, not our experiences or actions.”—Facebook as experiment – The New Inquiry
“Pinterest lets us immerse ourselves in ourselves, awash in a never-ending torrent of our own taste. Thus, the danger of Pinterest, as Bon Stewart has argued, is that it might foster an uncreative, Stepford Wife version of the self based on the currency of the repinnable.”—
Now replace “Pinterest” with “Tumblr”. Reread. Reblog.
DUBNER:[What is] molecular gastronomy...trying to accomplish...in your view?
WATERS:In my view it’s to, you know, make it into something you can’t imagine, surprise you. Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t been delightfully surprised. It’s not that. It’s that I am so hungry for the taste of the real that I’m just not able to get into that which doesn’t feel real to me. It’s a kind of scientific experiment, and I think that there are good scientists and crazy old scientists that can be very amazing.
DUBNER:You once said, “Looking at food is entertainment. That’s how we got into this mess.” Can you explain that? What do you mean by that exactly?
WATERS:Well, that we think that, that we really need to be amused at the table. And it’s kind of taking your tray of food and going and watching television while you’re doing it. That you haven’t been introduced to food in a way that is gratifying either in terms of taste or the experience of the table.