The most important step in emancipating oneself from social controls is the ability to find rewards in the events of each moment. If a person learns to enjoy and find meaning in the ongoing stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls from one’s shoulders. Power returns to the person when rewards are no longer relegated to outside forces. It is no longer necessary to struggle for goals that always seem to recede into the future, to end each boring day with the hope that tomorrow, perhaps, something good will happen. Instead of forever straining for the tantalizing prize dangled just out of reach, one begins to harvest the genuine rewards of living.
From Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book (it makes some fairly spurious arguments about the misery of the world), but this makes sense. Pictured is my louvers, yard ironwork and the long grass before the mower made its way.
This might be my greatest flea market found photo ever. From the PCC this March. So much nineties!
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The text and layout of an important gas station sign in Alabama. 2007.
collage from a restaurant postcard.
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The most exciting two minutes in sports.
Ben had a projection show last week, and brought Atwater Village to a blank wall in Santa Monica. There are rumors of a print show redux.
The first time someone at the office asked me about my skill-set, I thought it was some kind of mail-order frying pan. Everyone seems to have one but me. The people I work with are human résumés. They are fluent in every computer language, boast degrees in marketing and medieval song. They snowboard on everything but snow. They study esoteric forms of South American combat and go on all-deer diets. Sometimes I’m not even sure what they’re up to, but I know I will read about it one of our city’s vibrant lifestyle journals. It’s easy to detest these people, but they have such energy, such will.
Sam Lipstye, Venus Drive.
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