Literature and Art

Words, upon words, upon words: maybe some of it will have meaning. More than likely its just the ramblings of the engineering school's version of a gunner. Top level headings might branch.

Everyone deserves to be remembered: life is too ephemeral not to have something to look back on. A curated work is rare and no one can assume that their life is going to be meaningful. It certainly won't be if it cannot survive self-scrutiny: if you can't find meaning in yourself then what is the point in trying to impart meaning toward others?

Sister Corita Kent’s Rules

Teacher at the Immaculate Heart College's Art Department, her list of rules are a succinct message of how to approach the process of art and, for that matter, a great approach to life.

  1. Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

  2. General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

  3. General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

  4. Consider everything an experiment.

  5. Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

  6. Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.

  7. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

  8. Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.

  9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

  10. We're breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities. -John Cage

Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything. It might come in handy later.

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