Earlier this week, someone in a writers group I attend asked me where do I get the ideas I write about. My answer was a paraphrase of something Hemingway wrote to Fitzgerald. Here’s the exact quote from his letter in 1929:
“The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life–and one is as good as the other.”
He also wrote something to the idea that he learned to write by examining the simplest of things.
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition contains definitions and diagnostic criteria for every mental disorder you can imagine…. In 2008, the Journal of American Psychiatry argued that “Internet addiction appears to be a common disorder that merits inclusion in DSM-V.” …. The following pathologies run rampant on the ‘Net:
- Generalized Trolling Compulsion.
- Comments Derangement Syndrome.
- Manic Confirmation Bias.
- Fanboy Disorder.
- Delusional Capital Exchange Disorder.
- Narcissistic Market Prognostication Imbalance.
- and more
Link: Beyond Internet addiction: Ars diagnoses your online maladies
What a strange chaos is this wide atmosphere we breathe! … The air itself is one vast library, on whose pages are for ever written all that man has ever said or woman whispered. There, in their mutable but unerring characters, mixed with the earliest, as well as the latest sighs of mortality, stand for ever recorded, vows unredeemed, promises unfulfilled, perpetuating in the united movements of each particle, the testimony of man’s changeful will.
A library of Babel concealed in the very air we breathe. (via alphacaeli)