Film Comment reposted their eighties’ Barfly interview with Charles Bukowski. Aside from talk of the film and the usual factoids about everyone’s favorite slum poet, some beautiful moments of truth arise, a reminder of the power of the creative process.
The only thing that amounts to a writer is the next line you’re going to write down.
I’ve never written for money; I’ve written just because of an imbecilic urge.
The headline is basically a condensed version of steps to getting any project completed, provided in the following article from Lifehacker.com.
In related news, it’s officially National Novel Writing Month. Do you dare pick up that pen and paper?
Getting off your ass and getting things done is not easy—nor will it ever be—but it doesn’t have to be hard. If you have the right plan and attitude, you’ll be a lot more likely to succeed. In fact, getting off your ass and doing something is incredibly easy and only requires a few steps:
Find your goal: You don’t even have to do anything—just sit and think about what you want to do.
Research: The more research you do, the easier the task in front of you is going to be. Heck, you can do anything if all it takes is following directions.
Set deadlines and stick to them: Setting deadlines is easy, just pick a date. Keeping yourself to them is a bit harder, but you can work a rewards system into it to keep you on track.
Give yourself the time to work: At least 15 minutes a day. That’s easy, right?
Start: Seriously, all you have to do is start into it—if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll keep it up.
There is so much good burlesque to report about, especially since we are on the eve of the New York Burlesque Festival. This one, however, caught my attention immediately. Posted by Dame CuchiFita, a fantastic NY burlesque performer, it recounts the adventures that occur when an artist (Jesse Gelaznik) invites a burlesque star (Ms. CuchiFrita) to go into the woods to do a site-specific art installation. Burlesque and Art powers combined.
Then, of course, there are such wonderful moments like this, courtesy of Mr. Gelaznik:
A moose came up to my tent at 4 AM a few nights ago and scared the shit out of me. I just laid in my sleeping bag and clutched a machete, scared shitless.
Here’s an interesting item I found about Phyllis Diller: she kept all of her jokes in a big filing cabinet.
A large, Steelmaster-brand beige metal cabinet contains jokes that comedienne Phyllis Diller used to create her unique solo stand-up comedy routines. Forty-eight drawers hold thousands of 3” x 5” x 5” white index cards, each bearing a typewritten joke. Drawers are labeled with topical headings and arranged in alphabetical order. Headings range from “Accessories” to “Washing.” Large segments of the file are devoted to material about the mythical characters of her husband “Fang” and neighbor “Mrs. Clean.”
How great of a writing approach is that? I’m reminded of the equally-interesting approached revealed in the Paris Review interview with Gay Talese (writer best known for the Esquire article “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”). He wrote all his pieces on the cardboard that comes from dry-cleaned shirts.
But, seriously. That filing cabinet, wow. If only all creative types were that organized.