Friday, December 22, 2006

How to do what you love

A simple yet staggering piece by Paul Graham. There is plenty of wisdom here. If I were you I'd mull over this article at ease. An extract to tease you into reading it -> Donald Hall said young would-be poets were mistaken to be so obsessed with being published. But you can imagine what it would do for a 24 year old to get a poem published in The New Yorker. Now to people he meets at parties he's a real poet. Actually he's no better or worse than he was before, but to a clueless audience like that, the approval of an official authority makes all the difference. So it's a harder problem than Hall realizes. The reason the young care so much about prestige is that the people they want to impress are not very discerning. Picked from CreativeGeneralist.