Julien Macdonald Fall 2014
Colin Carney, Shack
…for peace comes dropping slow.
The Armory Show wasn’t the only big event in 1913 - it was also the year that suffragists marched on Washington to demand women’s right to vote. In light of that centennial anniversary, which is being celebrated this weekend, and the kickoff of Women’s History Month, it seemed like a good time to present you with this declaration from Nancy Spero.
Nancy Spero letter to Lucy R. Lippard, 1971 Oct. 29. Lucy R. Lippard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
These are the days that must happen to you. —
Walt Whitman “Song of the Open Road” (via tor-tor-toreador)
Here’s the whole stanza from that poem, it’s even better in context:
Listen! I will be honest with you,I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,These are the days that must happen to you:You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d, you hardly settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call’d by an irresistible call to depart,You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those who remain behind you,What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with passionate kisses of parting,You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands toward you.
Another big week in the skies. You’ll be productive on Monday and Tuesday, then on Wednesday, Venus will enter Aquarius, so romantically, you will feel detached. Like so:
Some changes to your nurturing and living patterns are about to happen.
And it’s rather important this week to take the high road.
You’re really not in the mood to take it from anyone right now (especially with the Grand Trine in Fire), so dance up and away – and focus on how creative you can be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (Very.)
Know that we’re all thinking about the decisions we made in mid-November. Three weeks to spring.
Have a great fortnight, star friends -
*Note: Gif Horoscope Amateur Astrologer kthread will be on leave next week. We’ll return the week of March 16th.
We work in a world now where fast isn’t good enough. Where quantity is fairly regularly getting edged out by quality. You shipped twelve just-good-enough things this year? You’re about to get smoked by folks who shipped three of those things thoughtfully and holistically. Where you cut corners on twelve projects to get them out the door, someone else crafted three focused experiences and left themselves little-to-no design or technical debt. —
Cap Watkins, Just Ship* (via wka)
Couldn’t agree more. I’m really tried of the “Fuck it, ship it” mentality in the startup world. Yes, being pragmatic and consistently shipping is extremely important, but it’s not the only value that matters in the equation. As usual with glib startup advice, the reality of things is a lot more nuanced and complicated than the aphorisms lead people to believe.
Ecstatic that the pendulum is swinging back the other way on this one. Yay.