1. Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    Hi, Tony. 

    Wow. I have read your blog on and off since 2004, when I taught in Taiwan. Now I teach in Brooklyn & would like to use my blog to start a dialogue with other people about topics of importance to me. In order to do that I need more people to visit my blog. Will you link to my blog please? You will see I linked to you.
    Thank you for writing every day. A simple thing, and yet truly inspiring.

    Fondly, KB

    Bonjour KB. it is my pleasure to write every day. and i literally mean that. i think its vital for people to get their creative juices going every day. and i just dont mean “creative” people. i mean all people, because everyone is creative.

    sometimes creativity merely involves trying to figure out the way to describe the sickening sound of a car crash next to an elementary school. or the horror and then joy in finding that the cheeseburger you just made fell to the ground – but landed on the bun-side.

    sometimes being creative is just explaining how when youre running at night you see varmints like baby possums who are even uglier than their parents. theyre whiter and grayer and even less afraid. other night i saw a baby possum cross Fountain Avenue toward my path.

    me i have a wallet chain jangling, i have keys in my back pocket, im huffing and puffing like an olde man. things usually stop when they hear me and go the other way. dumb baby possum just skittered across the street Toward me, hid under a car and then jumped right in front of me like it drank some bad motor oil and needed an old slurpee to cleanse its disgusting mouth.

    yes i think people should write every day. if only for 15 minutes. if only for 10 minutes. just tell us a tiny slice of what you saw or thought or felt. and your world and ours will be a better place.

    beautiful Hollywood aside: when asked if she had any tips for aspiring starlets in hollywood, bette davis had the greatest line = “take Fountain“.