I found myself giggling, laughing, breathless, nodding in agreement and utterly mesmerized as I listened to his speech. This is one of the most touching commencement addresses I’ve listened to, and it came at the right moment. The students of University of the Arts in Philadelphia were immensely lucky to have had him as speaker. So many of the things he said resonates with me, and also, I believe, along with every other person who wants to make good art.
(A few thought-provoking lines)
“I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.”
“Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.”
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
“And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”