My Ideas Posts

From the “Panhala” poetry site — 9/29/17

May 21, 2018    posted in  Ideas

Waiting in Line When you listen you reach into dark corners and pull out your wonders. When you listen your ideas come in and out like they were waiting in line. Your ears don’t always listen. It can be your brain, your fingers, your toes. You can listen anywhere. Your mind might not want to […]

Quick take

Apr 27, 2018    posted in  Ideas

“The premise … like so many ideas, came to him while he was trying to think of something else, and he found it irresistible.” From the introduction to the book “In Sunlight or In Shadow”, an anthology of stories inspired by Edward Hopper paintings (describing how editor and author of one of the stories, Lawrence […]

Quick take

Jan 9, 2018    posted in  Ideas

“There, he had some original ideas but didn’t always seem to know the difference between the good ones and the bad ones.” From Pete Wells’ 2-star review of the restaurant Ferris in the January 9, 2018 edition of The New York Times (speaking of chef Greg Proechel).

Quick take

Jul 15, 2016    posted in  Ideas

“Paul said, ‘I don’t have any ideas.’ I said: ‘Well, of course you don’t have any ideas. Sitting around waiting for an idea is the worst thing you can do. All ideas come out of the work itself.’ ” From Wil Hylton’s profile of Chuck Close in the July 17, 2016 issue The New York Times […]

Quick take

May 3, 2016    posted in  Ideas

“When I don’t think, all sorts of things come to me.” From William Grimes’ obituary of the artist Marisol, “an artist known for blithely shattering boundaries,” in the May 3, 2016 issue of The New York Times (quoting the artist, “a master of the gnomic pronouncement”).