No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams as John Keating in “Dead Poets Society” (via usatoday)

The whole world is now filled with incredible images—especially on Instagram and other social networks—that owe something to Winogrand’s, documenting life, change, and all the rest. Yet the art world and museums are not. Instead they tend to show oversize, very still pictures or images that investigate formal properties and ideas of display and presentation. I love many of those pictures, but what’s happening online on social media deserves far more serious scrutiny than it’s getting. If the art world doesn’t admit more of this sort of deceptively casual-seeming work, the outside world will reject more so-called art photography than it already does. That’s a divide that we don’t need to reestablish and widen.

Photographer Garry Winogrand Captured America As It Split Wide Open by Jerry Saltz (via photographsonthebrain)

What I hadn’t figured out yet was that it’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing. Since then I’ve learned that the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.

How Not To Write Your First Novel (via photographsonthebrain)

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In 1949, Andy Warhol was a young artist grateful to have his work accepted by Harper’s Magazine. He wrote to editor Russell Lynes noting that his “life couldn’t fill a penny postcard” and that he was “moving from one roach infested apartment to another.” You’ve come a long way, Andy baby! Happy birthday.
Andy Warhol letter to Russell Lynes, 1949. Harper’s Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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In 1949, Andy Warhol was a young artist grateful to have his work accepted by Harper’s Magazine. He wrote to editor Russell Lynes noting that his “life couldn’t fill a penny postcard” and that he was “moving from one roach infested apartment to another.” You’ve come a long way, Andy baby! Happy birthday.

Andy Warhol letter to Russell Lynes, 1949. Harper’s Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Lunch break detour. West Hartford Farmers Market (at West Hartford, Connecticut)

Lunch break detour. West Hartford Farmers Market (at West Hartford, Connecticut)