Ask MeArchive


Riverdale House, Lewisham

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: 
A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. 
To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” 
~ Pearl Buck
(Cy Twombley’s desk)

Site Architecture, Highrise of Homes, 1981

Sharon Hayes at Tanya Leighton

An ‘anonymous’ woman in Gaziantep 

"There are two dozen platforms … from each of which several different bus lines depart. Thereafter, for a kilometre or more, all the lines leaving from any one platform take the same route out of the city, making identical stops. “Each bus stop represents one year in the life of a photographer,” Minkkinen says. You pick a career direction – maybe you focus on making platinum prints of nudes – and set off. Three stops later, you’ve got a nascent body of work. “You take those three years of work on the nude to [a gallery], and the curator asks if you are familiar with the nudes of Irving Penn.” Penn’s bus, it turns out, was on the same route. Annoyed to have been following someone else’s path, “you hop off the bus, grab a cab… and head straight back to the bus station, looking for another platform”. Three years later, something similar happens. “This goes on all your creative life: always showing new work, always being compared to others.” What’s the answer? “It’s simple. Stay on the bus. Stay on the fucking bus.”"


Oliver Burkeman, author of the excellent The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, explains a theory that likens creativity and originality to a Helsinki bus terminal.

And yet, according to Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Miller, all buses run on the same line anyway.

(via explore-blog)

(Source: , via explore-blog)


Somehow you’re beautiful even when you’re ugly, Margate.
Was Jeremy Hunt a good Culture Secretary? (The Guardian, 2012)

I’ve submitted a new design to Threadless. If you love Sloths and Coffee as much as I do then perhaps you’ll vote for it (until 18th September ‘12). Thanks, enjoy!

Posturing boys and men, egging each other on to take the plunge.

How to Build an Owl


by Kathleen Lynch

  1. Decide you must.
  2. Develop deep respect
    for feather, bone, claw.
  3. Place your trembling thumb
    where the heart will be:
    for one hundred hours watch
    so you will know
    where to put the first feather.
  4. Stay awake forever.
    When the bird takes shape
    gently pry open its beak
    and whisper into it: mouse.
  5. Let it go.

(Source: jackcheng)