Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Plitvice National Park, Croatia
(Sent this to the Kid for his birthday, and liked it so much I’ve decided to post it here….)
“What lies behind the Kid and what lies before the Kid are small matters compared to what lies within the Kid.” ~Emerson
“When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as the Kid.” ~Job
“The Kid is not an independently existing, unanalyzable entity. The Kid is, in essence, a set of relationships that reach outward to other things.” ~Henry Stapp
“The Kid doesn’t have to be what you want him to be. He’s free to be what he wants.” ~Muhammad Ali
"Take some more coffee," I said. "Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave. You know what's the trouble with you? You're an expatriate. One of the worst type. Haven't you heard that? Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers." He drank the coffee. "You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes." "It sounds like a swell life," I said. ~Ernest Hemingway, from The Sun Also Rises
If you loved Calvin & Hobbes half as much as I, you might enjoy this rare interview with its creator, Bill Watterson, from 1989.
And if you’re an aspiring artist of any stripe, this excerpt from the opening of the interview might be helpful. Compared to other roads to success, Watterson’s was fairly short. Yet even he, and his beloved comic strip, had to pass through (at least a little) failure and rejection before finding success.
From the interview:
“Upon graduation in 1980, he became the political cartoonist for The Cincinnati Post, an experience he remembers as relentlessly depressing but mercifully short. Unable to fulfill his editor’s fuzzy notion of what an editorial cartoon should be, Watterson was fired before the end of his first year. For the next five years, Watterson submitted comic strip ideas to the syndicates. Six were developed; six were rejected. United Features Syndicate was the most encouraging, and Watterson’s seventh development contract, this one with UFS, resulted in Calvin and Hobbes. Ironically, UFS declined to distribute it, saying they didn’t think it would sell. Universal Press Syndicate snatched it up and launched it on November 1985.”
Thanks for not giving up, Mr. Watterson.
Nicole being my colorful 6-year-old niece…
Wearing my binoculars around her neck: “I hunt for things, and I kill some things because they’re not good for living.”
While playing Monopoly: “I need money, yo.”
Working on her “pick-up lines”: “If you were Monday, I’d want every day to be Monday.”
Wearing a dentist’s mask, creating random objects with Playdo, offering what somehow felt like the prelude to a diabolical, Faustian bargain: “Would you like some jewelry and gems and pretty things?”
“And then, when the fear rises up in your belly, you use it. And you know that that fear is powerful, because it has been there for billions of years. And it is good! And you use it. And you ride it. You ride it like a skeleton horse through the gates of hell!”
~from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (oh yes I did)
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”