Taking the work out of work

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“Paul Valéry ws right about the modern tendency to avoid any work that cannot be abbreviated; computers are abbreviation made manifest. They take a lot of the work out of work, which may be fine in some professions or occupations, but for a novelist to try to take the work out of work is profoundly self-defeating: keeping the work in work is all-important. I’m writing this book with a pen, unlike my twenty-two previous books, because I don’t want the sentences to slip by so quickly that I don’t notice them. They need to be the work of hand, eye, and ear.”

— Larry McMurtry, “Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen.”

He’s referring to writing novels, but I think the same can be said of many endeavors, photography in particular.

Field Notes

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WordPress has a neat new feature, let’s see if it works …

http://twitter.com/#!/nickdavidwright/status/663665288159232

Yup, it works! Cool.

Seriously. Had some funny thought pop into my head whilst at the library. And I lost it somewhere on the side of Highway 71. Well, maybe someone walking will find it and get a good laugh.

I’ve always liked to have a pocket notebook and pencil with me, but it is a habit I’ve fallen out of lately. I found the good blog Pencil Revolution a while back and they recently were talking up the Field Notes Brand pencils and notebooks.

The Field Notes appear to be good high quality stuff and made in the USA to boot! Will be placing an order soon.

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