Friday, December 27, 2013

Good Hunting

Gleaned over the past couple of months.


The Alchymist, by Joseph Wright of Derby

This planet and the people who live on it are diverse and very complicated. We do our writing a disservice every time we forget that.

All novels are in some way about race and sexuality and class and gender, and all the other categories that make up who we are in the world, how able-bodied we are, how neurotypical, our height or weight, whether people we love have died or not. This is true even if we did not intend our book to be about any of those things. It makes our writing much more nuanced and convincing when we’ve thought about those categories and how they shape how we—and by extension our characters—exist in the world.

MIT Admissions Blogs:
I'm guessing that early on you built the cognitive and intellectual tools to rapidly acquire and process new information, but that you've relied on those tools so much you never really developed a good set of tools for what to do when those failed. This is what happened to me, but I didn't figure it out until after I got crushed by my first semester of college. I need to ask you, has anyone ever taken the time to teach you how to study? And separately, have you learned how to study on your own in the absence of a teacher or curriculum? These are the most valuable tools you can acquire because they are the tools you will use to develop more powerful and more insightful tools.
  1. Failure is an option
  2. Work towards a goal, but don't cling to it
  3. Ask for help
  1. ReMOVE the magazine. RePLACE the magazine.
  2. Don't forget to bring your glasses
  3. Don't be distracted by others' gunshots
  4. Every shot counts

Personal Development-like things (including MBTI):

Bullard as French army corporal



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