08 June 2015
When you’re thinking of a new idea, ask yourself if it’s something the Italian everyman could understand.” I asked him what he meant. He said, “You know those old Italian men who gather on Sundays in Piazza Signori in Treviso, wearing their top hats and suits? If you can go up to one of those men and, in your bad Italian, communicate your idea—and if he can understand your idea, respond to it, and think it’s interesting—then you’ve almost certainly hit on something strong and universal. If you can’t do that, then you may have hit on something strong and universal, but your chances are a little bit lower.

— Jonathan Harris on The Great Discontent (TGD)

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08 June 2015

“Make machines the slaves instead of the masters of men”

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08 June 2015
I think a novel is never worth writing unless it’s answering an important question for the person writing it.

@harikunzru

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08 June 2015
What works well and feels good will eventually start looking good. But not everything that looks good, feels good or works well.

iA

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08 June 2015
Each age has its presiding metaphor. Ours is aerial bombing.

Teju Cole

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08 June 2015
the people who decide on our future are thoroughly confused by the present.

@benhammersley

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08 June 2015
The hard part of professional journalism going forward is writing about what hasn’t been written about, directing attention where it hasn’t been, and saying something new.

Seth Godin

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