Negating boojy society

The creative life is the best life of all.

~ Chuck Close (b. 1940)


We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

~ Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel, 1904-1991)


You showed me how to say
Exactly what to say
In that very special way
Oh, it’s true
You fell for me too

And when I tried it
I could see you fall
And I decided
It’s not a trip at all

~ Gene Clark (1944-1991) and Jim (Roger) McGuinn (b. 1942), “You Showed Me” (1964)


People don’t take trips, trips take people.

~ John Steinbeck (1902-1968)


Who were we — we who formed the ‘Beat Generation’ of San Francisco and beyond? We knew nothing but the allure, the draw, the hope of safe haven, defiance, and the immediate utopia of resistance in zones of momentary freedom, negating boojy society.

~ David Meltzer (1937 – 2016)


You can have your funky world — See ya round!

~ Bob Seger (b. 1945), “Ramblin, Gamblin Man” (1969)


The past memories, present experiences, and future dreams of each person are inextricably linked to the objects that compromise his or her environment.

~ Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton. The Meaning of Things: Domestic Symbols and the Self . 1981


plan, navigate, and share

~ (ad for digital map company, 2017)


Get lost in the right direction.

~ ad (2017)


Let’s get lost
Lost in each other’s arms
Let’s get lost
Let them send out alarms

And though they’ll think us rather rude
Let’s tell the world we’re in that crazy mood
Let’s defrost in a romantic mist
Let’s get crossed off everybody’s list
To celebrate this night we’ve found each other
Mm, let’s get lost

Let’s defrost in a romantic mist
Let’s get crossed off everybody’s list
To celebrate this night we’ve found each other
Mm, let’s get lost
Oh, let’s get lost

~ Frank Loesser (1910-1969) Jimmy McHugh (1894-1969), 1943


Adventure embraces uncertainty,

and it demands a departure from

the safe and timid road.

~ anon (2017)


There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried . . . . We but half express ourselves.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

~ James Baldwin (1924-1987)


Even in doubt, be fearless.

~ anon (2017)


Life is all a big joke, but I’m afraid it is only the brave who get the point.

~ Miles Furlong (1890-1994)


Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

~ Roald Dahl (1916-1990)


Everything you can imagine is real.

~~ Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


What will be your next adventure? See the world.

~ ad (2017)


I find inspiration in everything, but especially travel, movies, and art – as an art history major in college, it is a real passion. And at the end of the day, sometimes it’s just walking around NYC and seeing chic women with amazing individual style that can inspire.

The process is very organic – it sometimes starts as a mood or a feeling that I want to convey. Other times I’m inspired by an old textile or a mosaic from my travels.

It’s a love of work—but I never take for granted that I’m doing something I love and which makes me happy . . . . It’s not what it is about, it’s how it is about it.

~ Peter Som (b 1970 San Francisco) fashion designer


Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.

~~ William Shakespeare (1564–1616)


All the fun’s in how you say a thing.

~ Robert Frost (1874-1963)


Wander what is out there.

~ ad (2017)


Fly away.

~ ad (2017)


We came to LA for a better quality of life. It’s a much more human place to live and there’s a sense of freedom that is different from New York. Anything can happen in New York, but you can be anyone you want to be in LA. We don’t feel limitations here. There’s a lot of room to look inwardly, for exploration and reinvention.

We all have great libraries. Of course we all travel and that always informs our work, but books are our education and biggest source of inspiration. Also, it’s impossible not to be inspired by California: it’s physical beauty and openness and great tradition of frontiersmanship.

We admire the craftsman and artisan — the people who inject design with a soul through their expertise and the work they do with their hands. It’s our greatest desire to keep their tradition alive.

~ Roman Alonso and Steven Johankneckt, Partners, Commune Design


Collect Memories.

~ ad (2017)

I look at my photographic coverage as a narrative. It usually has a beginning, middle, and an end. It also employs specific details to further describe what I’m trying to illustrate. From a design standpoint, imagine how boring images would be if they were all taken from the same point of view, with the same lens, from the same perspective.

~ Jack Dykinga (b1943), A Photographer’s Life: A Journey from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Celebrated Nature Photographer (2017)

My tastes exceed my talents.

~ anon (2017)


Work hard. Be nice. Don’t stop. Keep going. See more. Do more. Be prepared to fall on your sword. Be thankful.

My life is really my work and my work is my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve never understood how to keep them separate! I think you have to commit to that from the moment you start your own company.

~ Chris Benz (b. 1982), fashion designer





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