April 01, 2009

chapter 19

"Where was that little cat we used to have in Chicago?
All at once I wondered." Saul Bellow

5 ask questions
find insight—this is how you learn. entertain curiosity and respond to need and you'll figure things out. engage! put things to scrutiny, get to their heart and be thorough, dammit. follow things all the way through; look way down the line. don't just accept any old answers; this is a layered, complex, paradoxical, miraculous, evolving world that you need to be responding to—look at where you're narrow or blind or conservative or wanting and open yourself up: expand. learn everything! nothing beats honest inquiry. if you put your pride aside and ask the right questions, you'll get the right answers.


  1. Thank you so much for these posts. I recently made the drive all the way from Florida to California in hopes of pursuing work in film, and it really lifts my spirits to read these as I try to get a portfolio together :)

  2. these posts have been really inspiring/something to look forward to, please keep it up! also your art is sweet.

  3. I've enjoyed your advice comments. I'm not an artist - just a physicist, but find a connection with artists and musicians.

    For me it is all about keeping one's eyes open and learning how to ask questions - and learning how to learn when you fail a bit (I call that play). If you are lucky and clever enough the questions will ask deeper questions and the cycle continues