For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

- Bukowski

Matthias Rick

Architect and artist Matthias Rick from raunlabor berlin by creativesydney

Architect and artist Matthias Rick from raunlabor berlin, a photo by creativesydney on Flickr.

Just read that Matthias died a couple of months ago. So very sad to hear it: I only knew him briefly but he was such an inspiring, inspired, passionate person. Uncompromising in his belief in the power of art, architecture and community to create a more inclusive, exciting, beautiful world. You will be remembered.



Bukowski: Born Into This


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Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human. Not one single truth has ever been arrived at without people first having talked a dozen reams of nonsense.

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime And Punishment

when the floorboards creak/i hear the aches of abused amps/up the corridor

brutal knitting

Art is the big door, but real life is a lot of small doors that you must pass through to create something new

- Moebius

All that matters is that you believe what you write is special. And that you dare to write great stuff, and accept that half of it will be horse shit, every single day. Write something self-pitying and outrageous and unhinged. Write something melancholy and defeated. Write about a novelist who thought he was special, and then some bad reviews almost killed him. Because ultimately, even if you’re anointed the greatest living author, no one else cares nearly as much as you do. You’re the only one who really, really gives a fuck. So please yourself. Write what you love.

Heather Havrilesky

Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never merely as a means to an end.

Immanuel Kant

If you’re not haunted by something, as by a dream, a vision, or a memory, which are involuntary, you’re not interested or even involved.

Happy birthday Jack Kerouac

All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.

— Virginia Woolf, Orlando

The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

- This Is Water. David Foster Wallace

We can fight for science by being cool with the idea that it’s not our jobs to be an encyclopaedia, and it’s not our job to present a balanced view. Artists are supposed to be intuitive and feeling, so they should be encouraged to find things that make them feel strong emotions and try to channel that without worrying about coming across as biased or filtering it through a rational mindset. The instinct to qualify what you’re saying is characteristic of scientists, and those sections of the media with any integrity, because they don’t want to be proven wrong. But most media outlets have financial interests outside of presenting an even or scientific view, so impartiality isn’t on the cards – it’s up to the arts to do what it can to balance that out. The arts has always been the best way to communicate the beauty and the terror of science, so we just need to play to people’s emotions on topics we feel strongly about. And we do that by yelling as loud as we can.

Hi, Adrian Tomine!

On Wednesday night, Comic superstar Adrian Tomine had a signing at (the awesome) Desert Island in Williamsburg to launch Optic Nerve 12. I won’t pretend to be any kind of expert in the graphic novel realm, but in the case of Optic Nerve, I’m a major fangirl.

I distinctly remember the first time I came across it – a friend was having a big sale/clear-out of his record store, and there was a copy of an early issue on the coffee table (not for sale). I opened it to a random page, and then had to sit down to read the next page, and the next… I spent the next hour ignoring everyone and everything around me. I couldn’t put it down.

There’s something so captivating and honest about his characters, and you end up reading the spaces around them as much as their expressions or words. So it was amazing to meet him in person and have a chat to him while he drew this for me, and customised another book for a friend. It’s awesome to meet your heroes and discover they’re just as approachable, sincere and funny as you imagined they’d be.

The Raincoats: proof that awesome gets better with age


I love The Raincoats, so I was thrilled to find a flyer announcing a show in Brooklyn. At first I thought it must be a new band with the same name, because I didn’t think they’d played in about 25 years… thankfully, awesome reunions are still in vogue.

What a show. The venue, Warsaw, might be my favourite in all of Brooklyn/NYC – a beautiful Polish community club at the bottom of Greenpoint, built in 1914, with a stunning olde-timey ballroom that must have fit over 500 people. After the strange No Bra opener (she lived up to the name, and didn’t wear a shirt or pants either. Hmm.), support act Grass Widow were tons of fun, and then the grande dames themselves took the stage. It made me think about how older women are almost invisible in our culture, and why it’s so rare to see older women rocking out – seeing Patti Smith a couple of years ago was the only instance I could think of. We’re all the poorer because of it.

The Raincoats sounded as fresh and punky and cross as ever, sweet one minute, pissed off the next. I hope I can be as awesome as them when I grow up.

The other OPEC: Orange Peel Exploitation Company

So why not use one of mother nature’s natural waste products—say, orange peels—as the raw material for biofuels and other petroleum-derived products? A chemist at the University of York in the United Kingdom has piloted a technique to do just that. Using high-powered microwaves, James Clark has figured out how to capture gas from fruit peels that can be converted into a variety of useful materials, from plastics to ethanol.

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I need this above my desk.


Also, get well soon Timba Smits. You are one of those real Aussie legends.

Genius of the day: Charlotte Perriand


“The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living – living in harmony with man’s deepest drives and with his adopted or fabricated environment.”


Exhibition of work by Oz art director Jim Anderson Lampoon – An Historical Art Trajectory (1970-2010) – on now at tinsheds gallery

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Oz is one of the few things that makes me wish I had been born 30 years earlier. One of the most controversial, funny and truly cool things to come out of Australia, it broke all the rules and launched the careers of some of our most brilliant artists, critics and writers (including one Bob Ellis – I will have to quiz him on that point).

This exhibition at Sydney University’s tin sheds gallery brings together collages by Oz art director Jim Anderson Lampoon. I’m definitely going, hoping that some of the genius and damn-it-all recklessness rubs off on me.

Go @yiyinglu, go! Huge story on Yiying’s new start-up, Walls360, on CNET

I was lucky enough to get a preview of Yiying’s amazing one-of-a-kind fabric stickers at the Creative Sydney launch in May 2010 (check out the pics!), back when the crafty-Twitter-holic was just beginning the collaboration that has now become Walls360.
Yiying just launched Walls360 at a series of events across the US. It’s amazing product that lets anyone place their own graphics on their walls – or you can choose from work by designers in their catalog – and it’s generated a ton of incredible press, including this piece on
I’m so thrilled for Yiying and super proud to have had a chance to Wall360 myself last year – check it out below! I’m heading over there to order myself some major room improvements right now…

You have to watch this amazing Joan Rivers documentary

Incredible doco following the unstoppable, incomparable, unflappable Joan Rivers, one of the most driven, intense and hilarious comedians of all time.

Genius of the day: Victor Pelevin

As for the point where writing no longer interests me—I reached it for the first time five minutes after I had started to write my first short story. But on the sixth minute I felt that writing interested me again. If we take this to be my cycle, I reach this point approximately twelve times every hour that I dedicate to writing. So I don’t have to imagine reaching it, I know it very well. But this point is never the final one. I think there’s no final point at all. Life is a bitch, and then you die. Death is a bitch, and then you are born. Writing is very much like this, as it is living multiple short lives within your longer one.

- from BOMB