“The question is, can Second City’s irreverent brand of improvisation take root in a country where discipline, self-control and deference to your elders are embedded in the national psyche?”—improv goes to japan
“They have photographed the brain and here is the picture: it is full of branches, as I always suspected. Each time you arrive, the electricity of seeing you is a huge tree lumbering through my skull, the roots waving. I touch you, and I am created in you somewhere as a complex filament of light. You rest on me and my shoulder holds your heavy unbelievable skull, crowded with radiant suns, a new planet, the people submerged in you a lost civilization I can never excavate. My hands trace the contours of a total universe — its different colors, flowers, its undiscovered animals, violent or serene, its other air, its claws, its paradise rivers.”—Margaret Atwood, I Was Reading A Scientific Article (via chrstn)
“Well, in “The Office,” I played this character who was a subtly recognizable kind of jerk. Secondarily, I have a face that in resting position looks angry. These two things combined have made people think I’m cold or unhappy or unfriendly. I certainly have those sides but usually I’m just thinking about things, often in a contemplative, insecure or even daydreamy way. The book is what’s actually been going on in my head while I look like I’m meanly staring straight ahead.”—b.j. novak. i like this fella!
“Donuts strike a chord with people. Visitors to the Museum of Donuts often share their donut stories without hesitation: memories of going to get donuts with their dad before or after church, midnight runs to the donuts shop as teenagers, working at a donut shop and even living next door to the donut guy. The fact that donuts seem to connect people was completely unexpected and sweet.”—
“You are the only one of you, she said of it. Your unique perspective, at this time, in our age, whether it’s on Tunis or the trees outside your window, is what matters. Don’t worry about being original, she said dismissively. Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.”—From Alexander Chee’s memoir of studying under Annie Dillard (via karavanderbijl)