Good advice from Ansel Adams

"I wish I had gotten into the environmental work earlier because I think that's a citizen's fundamental responsibility. The channeling of creative arts in that direction has been very difficult. As I said, I never made a picture with a direct environmental objective, but if they can be used for that, that's fine. I think young people are pretty aware of the dangers, but they're sort of pessimistic. They think everything is set up and it doesn't make a difference who they vote for. They don't realize they have to go out and vote themselves." – Ansel Adams

From Ansel Adams – The Last Interview conducted by Milton Esterow and published in ARTnews, Summer 1984 issue. via John Sexton’s Newsletter.

The Essayist

I just started re-reading Essays of E.B.White. I couldn’t help but share his self-deprecating description of an essayist. His writings, in general, are amazing, but I am particularly inspired by his essays, as I have always aspired to write longer, and deeply reported essays.

The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest. He is a fellow who thoroughly enjoys his work, just as people who take bird walks enjoy theirs. Each new excursion of the essayist, each new “attempt,” differs from the last and takes him into a new country. This delights him. Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.

E.B. White

July 25, 2020, San Francisco.

Awesome. Actually not so Awesome

“In France the most often used word is ‘connerie,’ which means ‘bullshit and in America it’s hands-down ‘awesome,’ which has replaced ‘incredible,’ ‘good,’ and even ‘just OK.’ Pretty much everything that isn’t terrible is awesome in America now. It just got out of hand to me. Everything’s awesome all the time. I was in Boulder, Colorado and someone said, ‘I’ll have a double espresso, awesome,’ and the other person said, ‘Awesome.’ I went to the Great Wall of China once, and I have to say it was awe-inspiring. I would say it was “awe-inspiring,” I wouldn’t say it was “awesome.” A Pepsi isn’t awesome; it’s just not.” 

David SedarisVia