Bukowski was in no way a “self-help” guru but you can’t deny that he’s a bad ass who lived his life exactly the way he wanted and didn’t give a s*&t what anyone else thought. And I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a lot to learn from someone like that.
So here are a few of Bukowski’s best tips for living a kick ass life:
1. Find your passion
Too often we are bogged down with decisions of what we should do with our lives, or if our families would approve. But forget what others think of you Find what you love, and do that till you die!
2. Be kind to life
Don’t be so hard on yourself, you get out of life what you put in, and sometimes all that is needed is a better perspective.
3. Go Crazy
Don’t forget to go crazy at least once. Life is too short to stay sane and composed through out the entire ride, let your hair down and let yourself go crazy.
4. Be free.
5. One at a time
No one cares about your dream to solve world hunger. what have you done for the hungry person down the road?
6. You’ve felt this way before
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like this, and made it through.
7. It’s never too late to save your soul
8. The Thing that matters the most
How well do you walk through fire?
9. Remember.. We’re all going to die.
Now that’s a wake up call if I’ve ever heard one.
10. Make Death Tremble to take you.
And that’s it!
That’s Bukowski’s top quotes for a kick ass life, now go out there and make death tremble to take you!
This new art series, created by Alena Tkach for NeonMob, is the story of a curious kitty named Pinkerton. Told through two beautifully illustrated images, our tiny hero makes new friends getting lost in the forest, and ultimately finding his way home.
On the subjects of cats and the inspiration for Pinkerton’s adventure, Tkach says, “I love cats and I am sure that most of people love them too. I have a cat named Lisa who is so playful and a great thief of various small things. I also used to collect photos of uncommon animals hugging or carrying cats. I love nature, the woods, mountains, undiscovered and secret places, so that’s where my idea comes from. Pinkerton is a small cat, who is exploring the world and is surprised by most things. This feature of his and his big round eyes made my friend invent a special verb “to pinkertone”, which he uses when somebody gawps.”
Dad jokes are always funny but even more hilarious when told in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. There’s something about impending disaster and bloodshed that gives jokes an extra edge, perhaps it’s to do with juxtaposition. All I know is that ever since Rick Grimes awoke from that coma to see the world burning down around him, with a little help from the internet, he’s suddenly become a constant source of entertainment.
Although it bears a man’s name in the title, Mad Max: Fury Road inarguably belongs to a woman. Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is a brand of hard-charging desert queen rarely before depicted onscreen. If Jason Porath has anything to say about it, though, ass-kicking characters like Furiosa will one day be the new normal for women in sci-fi and fantasy.
Porath came to Co.Create’s attention last summer when he first began his Rejected Princessesproject. The illustrated website decried our long-standing plague of ineffectual princesses who serve as mere plot points or trophies in most popular entertainment. Instead, Porath shone a light on some of the lesser-heralded incredible women throughout history who have been ignored by Disney—women like Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya, the first female tanker to win the Hero of the Soviet Union award. The informative stories and skillfully rendered images didn’t merely pop up on Co.Create’s radar, though; the site went viral, earning Porath a book deal.
Although he’s been hard at work preparing for his forthcoming book, the artist has been keeping up the site as well. He recently reached his 50th Rejected Princess—Banu Goshasp: The Heroine Ancient Iran Wanted—and he’s still going steady. (Porath currently has 1,187 princesses on his master list.) At this point, though, the selection process has become much harder.
“I’ve definitely become more of a snob about it,” he says. “When picking a candidate, I want someone who has agency, personality, and conflict—and is unlike anyone I’ve already written about. It’s remarkably difficult to find all three in the same person. Because of that, I’ve taken to reading massive encyclopedia-esque listings of women cover-to-cover. When I find someone interesting in those books, I practically start my research on them all over, because I want to verify it in other sources. I’ve gotten a lot more thorough with the research, but it takes a lot more time.”
The effort is apparently worth it, however. Aside from the tangible outcomes, like the upcoming book and ongoing exposure, Porath has observed another benefit as the project’s impact increased alongside its popularity.
“Everyone wants to be seen. That means having their culture/subculture in a positive light, even if for just a second,” he says, “There’s a vast underserved population of people who never see the things they most closely identify with in a positive light. They get very excited when they’re represented.”
Rejected Princesses is not only a hit with people who’d like to see their inner-Furiosa or Daenerys Targaryen embodied in films—it also speaks to the general lack of diversity in the universe of animation. While a lot of movies deny their heroines self-actualization, all too many deny that any other varietal of female beyond white—or at least white-ish—exists. This project may not convince the studio heads to take a chance on a more rich spectrum of female characters, but perhaps it may give them something to ponder whilst tallying up box office receipts for Mad Max.
Have a look in the slides above for a smattering of more recent editions of Rejected Princesses.