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Sep 24, 2022Liked by Jasmine Sun

Thank you for sharing, as this is a topic I'm trying to mull through myself. In terms of not "selling out", it did remind me of this article that a friend shared recently: https://gurwinder.substack.com/p/the-perils-of-audience-capture

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the first writing i encountered that felt so viscerally personal and writing at an emotional level that seemed to defy complete understand is k-ming chang's work. also in the fashion world, i think about yohji yamamoto (here's a short documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6asF53UqGd8)

beautiful piece as always! I've definitely noticed my internal monologue shift as I consume more poetry and artistic literature especially compared to my non-fiction Nassim Taleb / Malcolm Gladwell phase lol

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This is all so brilliantly stated. 💚

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This line is brilliant. “I write like the 12 dollar desk salad, the bar that packs 20 grams of protein and plastic into one 200-calorie brick.” It perfectly illustrates your point. And I clicked on your post in the app before any other today because I was curious to find out who is your audience of one. Great title.

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absolute banger of a piece and very much relate to all of this

dropping ada limon's the raincoat as something that lives rent free in my mind (https://poets.org/poem/raincoat)

I also read young money and immediately was so turned off to banking thanks @jess so very much relate

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A piece of music that shook me lately is dodie’s song “Burned Out”. It creeps in like mist but tugs your heart strings in vacuum suspension. It resonates with me a lot in face of graduation — what’s hidden underneath the flowers and applauses and smiles. https://open.spotify.com/track/2FhTvTUcbTRIxvNmdpjtbw?si=qUI2IdaURoSQ8jp-S-93PA

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I went to an art center today and really loved this video artwork called Nightlife by Cyprien Gaillard, here’s a sample: https://youtu.be/uY5ty2GimEI

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Have you read Nelson's book, Bluets? I loved that one too. A favourite painting in our state gallery's collection is Cy Twombly's 'Three studies from the Temeraire '(https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/239.2004.a-c/). A more recent discovery (for me), from their Biennale show was this work by Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/participants/sheroanawe-hakihiiwe/). A couple of books you might like, if you haven't already read them, Sara Baume's memoir, Handiwork (https://tramppress.com/product/handiwork/) and Olivia Laing's Funny Weather. Good luck with your move :)

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last summer i went to the moma alone & saw the exhibit of cezanne in pencil & watercolor; there were a few sketches of fruit there that i still think about sometimes; a series of pears that can only be described as voluptuous; not necessarily sexual, but charged with some intense energy that i lack the language to describe; it was an "image that shimmered around the edges" in a literal sense, but also in the way didion's describing i think, too, something about the tenderness in pencil and brushstrokes, something about how they're at once gratuitous and sparse, something about desire and ambiguity and fullness, richness, vibrancy

one day I would like to reach the verbal facility to say exactly what i mean about this

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A piece of advice that changed my outlook so much it's a little embarrassing, given how simple it is, is Steve Martin saying to aspiring entertainers: "Be so good they can't ignore you." When I first started writing as a side hobby I felt like I was in a bit of a bind, in that I really wanted to do it and improve at it for its own sake, but also felt obligated to write in a way that resonates with others, given that the things I like to read most are things that resonate with me. This quotation kind of tied the two together for me. The truer you can be to yourself and what you want to say (and the better you can say it, of course) the more resonant it will be for others.

A moving piece of art: I have to plug the song "Garter Snake" by Macie Stewart. Slapped me across the feels when I first heard it last week.

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Really enjoyed this one. I'm reminded of this essay i think about often: https://ava.substack.com/p/you-like-books-and-think-they-are?s=r. If you haven't read it, I think you would appreciate it. Without spoiling it, it's about love that goes beyond pragmatism, efficiency, and leverage.

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