When I am writing my problems become invisible and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be.
So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.
I’m not sure there is an easy link between movies and gun violence. I think the link is between the violence and the publicity.
Roger Ebert on the Aurora shooting.
He’s exactly right. The “Joker” nonsense simply adds to and elevates the publicity angle here — which the killer played perfectly. That’s not a problem with the movies, it’s a problem with the media. Sometimes it’s sad how easily psychopaths can outsmart us.
If it isn’t subjective, there’s something false about it.
When I write, I fall into the zone many writers, painters, musicians, athletes, and craftsmen of all sorts seem to share: In doing something I enjoy and am expert at, deliberate thoughts fall aside and it is all just there. I think of the next word no more than the composer thinks of the next note.
Roger Ebert on the joy of writing. I love this thought. I tried to convey the same thing a few weeks ago while thinking about my (much shorter) career as a writer:
The real key is rhythm. When you’re regularly blogging, you get a rhythm going and it keeps going. Content is key, of course, but at times, words can seem to find a flow. It’s almost as if you don’t have to think about what you’re going to write, you just write it.
You should read all 15 of the excerpts from Ebert’s memoir Life Itself, that The Atlantic collected.