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I’ve been reading a new book about photography, graphic arts and creative writing.

cropped-img_8982.jpgBeen reading a book about photography, songwriting, graphic arts and creative writing, and it has some great quotes in it. Here’s one, about online and computer use.

“Step away from the screen.  My favorite cartoonist, Lynda Barry, has this saying:  “In the digital age, don’t forget to use your digits!”  Your hands are the original digital devices.  Use them.  While I love my computer,  I think computers have robbed us of the feeling that we’re actually making things.  Instead, we’re just typing keys and clicking mouse buttons.  This is why so-called knowledge work seems so abstract.  The artist Stanley Donwood, who’s made all the album artwork for the band Radiohead, says computers are alienating because they put a sheet of glass between you and whatever is happening.  ‘You never really touch anything you are doing unless you print it out,’ Donwood says.  Just watch someone at their computer.  They’re so still, so immobile.  You don’t need a scientific study (of which there are a few) to tell you that sitting in front of a computer all day is killing you, and killing your work.  We need to move, to feel like we’re making something with our bodies – not just our heads. Work that only comes from the head isn’t any good.  Watch a great musician play a show.  Watch a great leader give a speech.  You’ll see what I mean.”  You need to find a way to bring your body into your work.  Our nerves aren’t a one-way street – our bodies can tell our brains as much as our brains tell our bodies.”    – from “Steal like an Artist” by Austin KleonIMG_5084

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