“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” —Muriel Rukeyser
“It’s not just about doing good work, it’s about explaining your work and selling it, about giving it the proper context so that other people can understand it and feel good about it and tell other people. It’s like building consensus and buy-in. That sounds reductionist and cheap, but there’s value to that. Explain your work. You can do it in few words, but you really get to the heart and soul and reason of why you made certain choices in a design.” —Chris Glass, from this interview with The Great Discontent
“I like the idea that the story changes over time even though nothing has changed on the outside. What’s changed is all in my head and has to do with a realisation on my character’s part. And the story can only be told in a particular form. It can’t be told in a painting. The point is: it’s very important that what you do is specific to the medium in which you’re doing it, and that you utilise what is specific about that medium to do the work. And if you can’t think about why it should be done this way, then it doesn’t need to be done.” —Charlie Kaufman on why he writes
“In the coming years, Steve Jobs’s life and work will be even more scrutinized, even more imitated than they are now. But to simply ask “what would Steve do?” would be to miss the point. It would be accepting the very dogma he warned us against, living with the results of his thinking, not our own. To be true to Steve, we must listen to the music playing within each of us, and tune our actions accordingly. To honor his life, we must honor our own, taking inspration not merely from his actions and beliefs, but their integrity.” —A touching and inspiring tribute from Jack Cheng.