Oblique Strategies

The Oblique Strategies constitute a set of over 100 cards, each of which is a suggestion of a course of action or thinking to assist in creative situations. These famous cards have been used by many artists and creative people all over the world since their initial publication. Fifth edition 2001.

How the Godfather of Cyberpunk Would Write Software

“[Cyberpunk science fiction writer William Gibson] begins each day by reading the whole manuscript again…

…What if we began each day by re-reading all the code [reviewing all the numbers, editing the work, revisiting our assumptions, etc.] we’d written for the story/feature/bug we were working on?

…Skimming is a kind of reading, but it’s often fooled me into believing I know more than I do.”

—Marcus Blankenship. “How the Godfather of Cyberpunk Would Write Software.” Hackernoon.com. November 4, 2017.

Thought the need for immersing ourselves in our material, revisiting, editing and evolving before we move into expanding and creating something new was an interesting idea, one that runs counter to the tendencies of our time. Might also explain why his books tend to be short.


“Each of us has our own rhythm of suffering.”

—Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary.

—h/t Quotenik, a blog of verified quotes from creative people. Also compiled into two books.

Interview: D.A. Pennebaker

“Working with Francis, he taught me what an artist was. Up to then I thought artists were just people who painted pictures. He understood that you committed to something for life. It wasn’t just you did this job because you could make some money or it was a good job or led to a better job. It was something you committed to like a religious cause. That was it—there was never any going back or changing your mind or anything.”

—Eagan, Daniel. “Interview: D.A. Pennebaker.” Film Comment. August 28, 2017.