Violent and original


Here’s your quote-of-the-week:

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
-Gustave Flaubert

Having just spent too many hours organizing and shuffling papers, I hope that rampant originality is the payoff!

Weekly Snippet
Hmmm. In last week’s blog on Rio Risk I mentioned former Brazilian President da Silva (“Lula”) and how he’d hung out on the Ipanema Beach with friends in his 20’s, plotting how to rebel against its then-military dictatorship. Years later he became President.. and then just this past week leapt back into the headlines in a big way – from charges of graft to appointment as chief of staff for current President Rousseff.  To Lula’s buddy, Wagner, the former President is a good friend and hero. I wonderwhat political debates are rampaging the beaches of Ipanema as described in the essay.

Meanwhile, for the next blog, I’ve been thinking about urgency. Here’s a few startling sentences from essayist Annie Dillard, “Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not be engaged by its triviality?”

Maybe something violent and original. Violent in pushing through boundaries; original in challenging the edges of limitation. We’ll see. Next blog: March 29.