Kyle MacDonald, the writer who bartered a red paperclip for a house through a series of trades, has a new project: A “dewritten” book.
Inspired by the blackout poetry of Austin Kleon, MacDonald took a book and, using “5 black felt pens and 100 hours,” transformed it into a new work that’s comprised of “more than 352 unique drawings with poems and phrases created using only pre-existing words in the book.”
The book he used was Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes & Catherine McCarthy. The new work is entitled Be Anything. He’s selling it for $345.67 on Etsy.
Forever dancing. Feeling the damp grass beneath your bare feet as you dance across a rising lawn, fabric swirling around your knees. The bells around your ankle chant while the stars sing for you above. And you raise your hands up, always smiling – because frowns don’t exist anymore. It’s…
people try to be this version of beautiful with words and sentences and problems and sadnesses they can seemingly beat, but they cannot seem to see their beauty in the way they walk. beauty is a restless spirit in the world that follows you like a shadow and people just think they are ugly.
wake up and realize beauty is not a pretty face and a whimsical personality; beauty is the way wind blows your hair.
we are only as beautiful as how we view the world.
Understand that, the prisons you’ve built are of your own design.
Understand that, you should be the person you wanted to be when you woke up this morning.
Understand that, the world desperately wants to love you, if you’ll let it.
Understand that, you deserve that love, even if you don’t feel like it.
Understand that, love can hit a planet like a comet.
Understand that, the rain can unrain, if you want it to."
Truth Behind the Quote
Since I knew at some point people would remove the commentary (you know cause screw real sources!) from the image where I added it I decided to give it its own post here on my page so people can refer to it whenever they need to. I know somewhere down the line there’s going to be some shmuck that will end up removing the commentary on this post as well, so I would love it if followers who are aware of this to keep the torch going and at the very least kindly inform those who misquote this wonderful piece of literature of who the credit actually belongs to.
I cringe every time I see this quote along with Galileo’s name or picture accompanied by it with a gajillion notes.
As much as I love Galileo and the work he did put out, these are not his words. This line is an excerpt from “The Old Astronomer”, or “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil” written solely by poet Sarah Williams (1837–1868).
I love poems as much as the next person, even more so when it expresses the night and stars so creatively, but there’s already enough wrongfully cited publishing done by women attributed to the men of history.. Let’s at the very least give her credit for what she did and quit dedicating artwork, doodles, T-shirts, paintings towards the wrong person.
(via wespeakfortheearth)Source: kenobi-wan-obi