Authenticity

“There is nothing that makes me prouder than to be regarded by intelligent people
as ‘authentic.’ A name I have coveted so long – & secured at last! I don’t care
anything about being humorous, or poetical, or eloquent, or anything of that kind
– the end & aim of my ambition is to be authentic – is to be considered
authentic.”

– Mark Twain

Steven Jobs from The Playboy Interview (1985)

Why are most people in the computer industry so young?

People get stuck as they get older. … Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind … In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare. Continue reading

Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

What is the one thing to keep in mind when making a film?


When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words. Every time I made a film, I always knew what I thought the theme was, the core, in one word. In “The Godfather,” it was succession. In “The Conversation,” it was privacy. In “Apocalypse,” it was morality. Continue reading