if your beta readers tell you parts of your story are good but unnecessary, keep them to release two versions of your book: the author’s cut, and the killjoy edition
Something I guess kind of good about depression is it slows my mind down enough so I have the patience/ attention span to appreciate things I usually can’t even tolerate. I am able to listen sad, acoustic music and read poetry.
I don’t think its an accident or unnatural that depression is “romanticized.”
Future Islands on Polarizing Performances & Aerob…:
One of the things I love about Sam Herring is that he is aleays willing to say “Yeah, this song/album is about a certain relationship or a person that I knew.”
I feel like a lot of musicians try to be all flighty and mysterious about stuff like that…it’s always “this song could apply to a lot of things” or “it’s a mix of reality and fiction” blah blah
And he’s like…Yeah I was dating this girl and it didn’t work out so I wrote this song about it.
It’s too hot *opens window* in comes 20 flies, 8 spiders, 17 daddy long legs, 50 moths, 3 dragons and 12 Jehovah’s witnesses.
my favorite aesthetic is cheap, unsettling motel that you stay in while on a desert road trip
like bright neon signs, humidity-filled hallways, and rooms with televisions that only play static-y game shows
complete with uncomfortable sheets and the feeling that someone is watching you