[advice to  young writer] The easy answer: if you want your writing to be more passionate, write about things you feel passionate about Otherwise it can feel a bit forced If you feel neutral or indifferent about something to start off with it, it’s hard to not reproduce that – you can maybe get round it by finding something interesting in the larger phenomenon, or the question of why do people like this It’s tricky one, passion, because it’s easy to overdo it and slather on the superlatives and the lyrical descriptions Nothing worse that sort of SHOUTING LOUD kind of prose, or uncontrollably gushing , or overly poetic Cos gushing and superlatives can be quite vague – the praise terms are interchangeable, you could substitute a different artist or record’s name – the tricky bit is being precise in your passion I think the goal is sort of ‘controlled passion’ or ‘controlled power’ – it’s actually more effective if you ration it out, have a little burst where  some kind of exc
  "I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman." ~David Bowie
  Kpunk  kutting through the krapp with incisive analysis  here and  here  (about time they gave this man a Guardian column!) Particularly enjoyed, if that's the word, the grim wit of the kicker line that follows this particuarly penetrating insight: " The rise of Islamism must be correlated with the demise of the Left. If it has become the default repository for Muslim rage against injustice then that is partly due to the US, which, as is well-known, funded Ilamist Jihadis in a bid to defeat Communism. Since only something like Communism could absorb and re-direct the energies that are fuelling al Qaeda, I look forward to the day when the US will fund Islamic Communism, and the circle will be complete ." This other very good bit, on the bombers--- “ Their affiliation with al-Qaeda will, we can speculate, almost certainly serve the function of resolving a tension in themselves. Al Qaeda recruit from schools and colleges because they are astute enough to recognize that mal
    Mick Farren, Watch Out Kids
 "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is young" - Oscar Wilde
"The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz." - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on the "flow state", aka “complete immersion in an activity" (via Ted Gioia)