One of the things J. R. R. Tolkien doesn’t get enough credit for is how he worked with his characters’ voices. Each one is so well-crafted and is easily differentiated from other characters. But more than that, he was able to adopt the characteristics of his characters when writing for them.
Usually in class, you begin taking notes and then your pen slowly drifts to the margins and begins doodling some stick figures doing things. The notes sometimes don’t even get taken, but when they do, they don’t look nice.
Dr. Seuss is a muse to many a folk. He talks about Whos and the places they’ll go. Though he might only seem like a fun one for kids, he’s also got thoughts for our old-people heads. Though I’ve done my best to write just like Seuss, I’ll give him the mic. Here’s some quotes to peruse.
Haruki Murakami can be summed up in a million different ways. There are so many different ways to characterize him that he essentially eschews characterization. Boiling Murakami’s writing down to one set of traits is pointless. He’s surrealistic even when there is nothing surreal happening.
Pencil sculptures are without a doubt the artform of the future. Why? Because of Instagram. They are all over Instagram. For those not in the know, sculptors shave pencils down enough that they can sculpt the graphite into names, numbers, or characters.
Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes has survived the test of time. Though it hasn't been in syndication since 1995, it's found success in its own right. The internet loves it.
I’ll lay it right out there: I have a very casual, armchair knowledge of philosophy. I got an A in my introduction to philosophy class, though, but it’s also the last philosophy class I took. I do like reading Wikipedia pages on philosophy and philosophers, though.