Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones songs in films. Salvador Dali and melting watches, desert landscapes. Carson McCullers and that specific kind of insanity that festers in the Southern heat and haze. You can tread into these territories, play with these symbols if you want to. But you’ll just end up being compared to someone else – someone who blazed the trail you’re clumsily walking. — Patton Oswalt has a lot of great things to say.
Ricky Gervais and John Cleese have the right idea: get in, tell a few stories, and get out before everyone gets sick of you. — TV reviewer Alan Sepinwall’s AMA, via popculturebrain
If you’re new at this — and by “new at it,” I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute. — Louis C.K.
Cooking professionally is hard work. Writing is a privilege and a luxury. Anybody who whines about writers block should be forced to clean squid all day. — Anthony Bourdain’s AMA
Portray Kanye-type swagger (because we’re #1), but in a Will Smith way (approachable). —
The social media philosophy of a major American chain, according to a PowerPoint I saw on an employee’s laptop on a flight yesterday. (via megangreenwell)