Inspiration from John Lennon and the end of the semester

John Lennon's last Rolling Stone cover.

In their latest issue, Rolling Stone’s cover story is a full transcript of John Lennon’s never before printed last interview with the magazine before he was killed two days later. In it, he comes across as an articulate, hopeful man ready to make some of the best music of his life. He had one particular line that I found very inspirational in terms of writing (because I only think in terms of writing these days):

“Try shaving it all off and getting down to the nitty-gritty–that’s what I always tried to write…except for the occasional ‘Walrus’ bit. I’m not interested in describing a fucking tree. I’m interested in climbing it or being under it.”

I’m going to remember that in everything I write. No one cares if “the tree is tall and green.” It’s far more effective to describe how the tree smells when you lay under it and how it feels when you’re in it.

In other news, the fall semester is over! It’s crazy to think that I’m halfway to my (second) degree and that in roughly six months I’ll be getting a master’s degree at 22 years old. It’s the craziest feeling and the pressure is nuts–lots of work, especially on my master’s project. But, I’m not going to worry about it. Tomorrow I’m taking Amtrak home for the holidays where I’m going to relax and decompress–get down to the nitty-gritty.


One comment

  1. juliadrewniak · December 17, 2010

    How much have I missed you? Let me count the ways! Excellent end of the semester article. Seriously, if you didn’t just finish classes/exams I’d ask for more. But I am really not that cruel. 😉

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