Like one of any million other pebbles on the beach

Justin was quite correct, in that I had seen this before… but as it’s a favourite[1], and applies nicely to what I’m trying to do with my life right now[2], I’m gonna repost it here verbatim:

Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish. If you want to woo the muse of the odd, don’t read Shakespeare. Read Webster’s revenge plays. Don’t read Homer and Aristotle. Read Herodotus where he’s off talking about Egyptian women having public sex with goats. If you want to read about myth don’t read Joseph Campbell, read about convulsive religion, read about voodoo and the Millerites and the Munster Anabaptists. There are hundreds of years of extremities, there are vast legacies of mutants. There have always been geeks. There will always be geeks. Become the apotheosis of geek. Learn who your spiritual ancestors were. You didn’t come here from nowhere. There are reasons why you’re here. Learn those reasons. Learn about the stuff that was buried because it was too experimental or embarrassing or inexplicable or uncomfortable or dangerous.

– Bruce Sterling

[ 1 – Fanboy is as fanboy does. ]

[ 2 – As well as what Justin’s doing with his, I suspect. He’ll go far, that one. ]

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