When you first sorta get out of high school, or you get out of college, and you’re armed with all of these words, you’re armed with this vocabulary, it’s not even really a vocabulary yet, it’s just a whole bunch of words, you spend a good amount of time just seeing how fast and articulate can you be, right, like you don’t want to talk to a Poli Sci student who’s 21 years old right now, because it’s maddening. Because they’re right now in a state of still experimenting with that kind of articulation… and you have to experiment with that for at least 5 or 10 years, to the point where you can sit back, know you’ve written a couple of strong books on the subject, and then be able to sort of lean back in the chair, speak a little slower, and have some trust/maybe respect—maybe that’s another word for respect, is trust, in the quality that someone is capable of—and then you begin to want to explore what you’re capable of doing with a little bit less gas. And the best analogy that I can think of is, you want to be able to drive slow enough so that you yourself can look out the window, and take in the ambience.
John Mayer (x)
This is so spot on. It kinda fits in with my whole thesis, too, that young writers are much more concerned with impressing with their words than telling a story. John goes on to talk about this, too (in the context of music I suppose, but he’s really talking about all forms of expressionist artistry).
Man you can say a lot of things about John Mayer, but you can’t say he isn’t freakin smart.
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