"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people? What would it be?"
"Follow your dreams."
"Did you follow your dreams?"
"Well, I started as a copy boy for the Daily News, going to school at night. And eventually I became editor of the New York Times Magazine and wrote 12 bestselling books. So, yes."
The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-between
Fall back in love eventually
Perhaps this is why creative people are singularly vulnerable every time they put their art — whatever its nature — into the world. Without the shield of, say, a Ph.D. to point to and say, “But look, I’m real,” it’s all too easy to hang our merit and worth and realness on the opinions of others — opinions often mired in their own insecurities and vulnerabilities, which at the most malignant extreme manifest as people’s tendency to make themselves feel big by making others feel small, make themselves feel real by making others feel unreal… When one is forced to be one’s own judge, one also tends to be one’s worst critic, and any outside fuel in the engine of self-criticism feels equally potent… Cultivating discipline and clarity in one’s self-assessment is of tremendous, soul-saving importance. It’s the ability, acquired through practice, of seeing one’s work for what it is — whether proud-making or imperfect or, quite often, both — by one’s own standards, and not to hang the fullness of one’s heart or the stability of one’s soul on those external opinions and definitions.
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22 Jump Street (dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, 2014)
All Cheerleaders Die (dir. Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, 2013)
Fashion Friday: Mall Witches
These spooktacular designs are from Gerlan Jeans’ Spring/Summer 2012 Mall Witch collection. Inspired by teen fashion trends, Goth style, and Nickelodeon, they represent “the moment … when a girl realizes she doesn’t actually want to be like everyone else and she doesn’t care what people think,” says Gerlan Marcel, the label’s founder. See both designs now in “Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly”
“Spooktacular” Tiered Tank Dress, Spring/Summer 2012, designed by Gerlan Jeans
“Slimelight” Bustier Dress, Spring/Summer 2012, designed by Gerlan Jeans
Images courtesy of Gerlan Jeans
School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.