Linda Carson cares about art, and teaching, and teaching art. This is not so much a blog as a growing archive of things she's found it useful to share.
Caution: Linda Carson is not afraid of rude words. Or big words. Or big rude words.
If you can find things that bolster your own self confidence, you can use them to good effect. I find that I have only so much room for taking risks. When I can reduce the risk in some places in my life, I can more easily face risk in other areas. I provide myself the courage to do some things by reducing my need for courage in other areas. In effect, I husband my courage.
I'm rolling those lovely words around on my tongue, and chasing them down with this observation by painter Chuck Close, from an interview with Anna Deavere Smith at the Aspen Institute. The hour-long interview is available on FORA.tv, a pleasure I stumbled across by accident and bookmarked immediately.
Those of us who are not destroyed by our problems, we got a lot of self-confidence from being able to compete in a world where we have one arm tied behind our back and still manage to find a way to be successful. And if it doesn't destroy you, it makes you a pretty interesting person.
Fun fact: David [Gerrold] wrote and sold The Trouble with Tribbles when he was 19. My wife Anne asked him how he had the courage to do that, and David told her, "Because nobody told me I couldn't." That's so awesome, and everyone who is creative should commit that to memory.