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PLAY IT FORWARD IN 2005
2 December 2004
New quote introduction | Rumors of Order in a minute

I didn’t expect to be ready for 2005 so soon, but I started playing around with some ideas, and I’m already done with the new site. All that's left to add is fresh essays, new quotes and some links. But that’s easy because ...

I am perfecting the art of letting things happen. I start my computer, one thing leads to another, and soon 4 hours have gone by. Then it’s 1 a.m., and I’m wondering where the day went. Time flies when you’re delightfully absorbed chasing after your own thoughts.

Perhaps this is why I avoid making plans.

So it strikes me as interesting that I chose Freud’s picture for no particular reason at the time, but now I remember he’s the father of free association, the art of letting things happen! He believes mental health depends on it, that creativity depends on it, that insight depends on it — and I know that this Web site depends on it. Evolution is my solution. Improvisation is my salvation.

Maybe “free association is free” or “play it forward” should be the slogan for this year’s site. And maybe I should include an image of Darwin, looking like god in a Bowler hat, all dressed up and everywhere to go in a digital Eden. And I should add, if Freud goes missing or if the Picasso girls dance their way off the page, or if Marilyn escapes from the jungle, it means they’ve been eliminated in play-forward action.

Two more things:

• The main background image — manipulated in a variety of ways — is from Wassily Kandinsky’s “Squares with Concentric Rings,” another prime example of playing it forward. So are Picasso’s women.

• And thanks to Henry James for the quote — “Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task” — which reminds us that doubt derails plans and fathers alternatives that spiral us boldly forward into the unknown. James made the statement, as I understand, to explain where he, his brother William, and their friend Henry Adams found inspiration; doubt was the fuel that powered their lifelong projects.

And it's good enough for me.

P.S. Since first writing this I have discovered another master free-associationist, pop artist Ray Johnson. There’s no telling what’s going to happen now that his ghost is haunting these pages.

 

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