Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mute Monday: Role Models

The only thing an artist has to remember is to never lose faith in his vision.

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life
is the source from which self-respect springs.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.

Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life,
but to prevent life from escaping you?

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.


sparringK9 said...

excellent statements..esp. #1 and #3...and who's the babe in the final frame? (soft) grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. i like writers. ;-) happy mute monday moi!!!!

(did you happen to see the mark twain edition of american masters? i never figured him to be living in the northeast!)

Aunty Belle said...

Ho ! Terrific! (we share one of these models--hee hee...)

Happy Mute Monday!

moi said...

She: I always pictured Mark Twain as an El Lay kinda guy . . . kidding. And yeah. Wasn't Hunter S. just so booootiful when he was young?

Aunty: Flannery O., word. And I'm still d'ohing myself about MFK Fisher. Brilliant, you!

h said...

Great Black N Whites! If I'm not mistaken, you have Ayn Rand and Hunter Thompson at the same party.


Happy Mute Monday!

moi said...

Artful: Oh, yeah. I loves me some fireworks at parties. Imagine the possibilities! Actually, Hunter S. was a big fan (although I can't imagine the feeling would have been mutual.)

Anonymous said...

Great Role Models! Happy MM!

Anonymous said...

I don't know who it was who took Twain to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, but his host asked, "Well, what do you think?" Twain's response: "It appears to be a success." I love that.

HST changed my life in a way I cannot quite put my finger on. But it was Campaign Trail that did it, not Las Vegas. I do have pegged to my bulletin board about 24 inches from my nose right now the two original covers of Rolling Stone for the Las Vegas issues. Sorry to say, the issues themselves are long gone.

And I won't forgive Wenner Publishing, for which I did one job, for dangling the possibility of editing an HST bio in front of me, and then going out of business. Grrr.

Jenny said...

My Favorite:

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others."

Oh, that's a great pair of slacks she's wearing.

Karen said...

I liked

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."

Great pics, I love black and whites. Happy MM.

moi said...

Kate: Thanks!

Czar: That's a great Twain quote! As for HST, ja, I understand. And I love the story of your up close and personal encounter with him. A moment of silence, por favor.

AB: Oh yeah, Rand was also a fashion maven for sure!

Gypsy: Isn't that a great quote? Something I'll have to hang onto this week, especially.

Happy MM to all!

sparringK9 said...

ayn rand for president! no atlas, wait! dont!!!!! grrrhahaha i shoulda KNOWN hunter. i cant see that well after a night out with my samoan attorney. grrrehahaha. whos in the corvette? and i cant believe i didnt comment on "the world owes you a favor"....grrrerhahaha! that crystallizes my politics right there. excellent MM, bite.

moi said...
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moi said...

She: Hey, good topic for a future post: which dead philosopher would you vote into office as president?

That gorgeous gal in the Corvette (Moi's fave sports car – had one once, Ivan ate it) is Joan Didion. I don't think anyone's ever written on California and the death of California dreamin' more brilliantly.

ThursdayNext said...

Wonderful choices, especially Ayn Rand. I am a big fan of hers, and she is one of the only authors where I took extensive notes in the margin as I read for pleasure...

Unknown said...

Mmmmmmm... makes one feel relaxed. Lovely MM, just lovely.

Doris Rose said...

Very a nice printable, just sayin'...

Wicked Thistle said...

Inspirational, my party-wielding, Dorito munching pal, inspirational. My fave, of course--the last one.

Aunty Belle said...

Hey! I'se got a daid philosopizer on mah role model MM (The first edition, not the second entry) sure . let's do that topic!

Last one of TW's that I read was Hooking Up...I jes' dint make it through Charlotte Simmons...but I have this old volume--Mauve Gloves & Madmen...oh-ho! the writing life of chic-a-bees. Hilarious. "The ME Decade" is a chapter worth re-reading when ya look at all our aging pollyticians and actors--hoo-whee!

moi said...

Thursday: Yes, lots of important things to ponder with that one!

Raven: Must be all that black and white :o)

Doris: I would just love to go knocking on Annie Proulx's door with this in flyer form and go: "Here, ya obfuscating frig. Write like THIS!" Too bossy, ya think?

Wicked: We're all well acquainted with weird, that's for sure. And you, you LEFT those Doritos at Moi's house and now they call my name every 1.5 seconds! Baaaaaad Wicked.

Aunty: TM's books on modern (f)art are likewise priceless.

sparringK9 said...

it smells weird in here. did somebody....

dont be diggin on my profession grrrrrrrrrrrrl! grrerhahahahahahahaha! now youre gonna get it when i do your CD. youve been warned missy

moi said...

Hey, I'm a (f)Art History Graduamat. My pop is a painter (canvases, not houses), and more than a few people in Moi's social circle are artists. Plus, I have done quite the job over the years of emptying the Shoe Fund in the merry service of booootiful art purchases.

I just have to laugh at some of it sometimes. I mean, Jackson Pollock. Come on, right?

sparringK9 said...

jeff koons!! gets my vote.

i wuz jus kiddin moi. i knows you loves some art.
and...glad you liked my poems on boxing. that was bad you werent around for the poetry duel you wouldve loved that.

Meghan said...

I'm mostly convinced that Samuel Langhorne Clemens was God in human form.