Digital Perzine Archive
On Work, Writing & Wasting money.
“Work is work is work. What you do does not define who you are.”
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade
On Audre Lorde, integrity & not calling my grandma.
"May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
How to Read More.
"Books and doors are the same thing.
You open them, and you go through into another world."
- Jeanette Winterson
On cemeteries and making peace with circumstance.
"It would seem that emotions are the curse, not death."
- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
On Not Knowing What I'm Doing With My Life
"Would you stop thinking about what everyone wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do YOU want? What do you WANT?" - Young Noah, The Notebook
On Responsibility and the Response
"There is a certain interval between sowing and reaping. Therefore we must not lose belief in the reward." - St. Mark, the Aesthetic
On Routines and Rituals
"And now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me."
- Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
On Writing Every Day
"The real writer is one who really writes."
- For the young who want to, Marge Piercy
On Harnessing Our Rage To Support Our Communities.
Featuring a guest reading from Sugar Scorpion Tarot.
On The Very Topic Which We Can't Avoid
"Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time."
- Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
In Defence of Valentine's Day
"Respect is love in plain clothes."
- Frankie Byrne, Irish Broadcaster
"Love demands infinitely less than friendship."
- George Jean Nathan, American Drama Critic
On Being Depressed AF
“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it.”
- T.H. White, The Once and Future King
On Cooking Danish Meatballs.
"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
- Julia Child
"INSTAGRAM PROMISES US NOTHING"
- Marlee Grace
how a photo and video-sharing social networking service
gave me my best friends, true love, a beautiful career
and made me want to die
"there is no competition in the spiritual realm"
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
On Celebrating and Sobriety and The Comfort of Creation.
"My creativity heals myself and others."
- Julia Cameron
The Artist's Way
"Art's purpose is to sober and quiet the mind
so that it is in accord with what happens."
- John Cage
On Packing and Process and Products.
"When I left home at sixteen I bought a small rug. It was my roll-up world. Whatever room, whatever temporary place I had, I unrolled the rug. It was a map of myself. Invisible to others, but held in the rug, were all the places I had stayed - for a few weeks, for a few months. On the first night anywhere new I liked to lie in bed and look at the rug to remind myself that I had what I needed even though what I had was so little."
- Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
"Leap, and the net will appear." - John Burroughs