“I think it’s fair to say almost no one wants disruption. I think that what almost everyone does want is something better.” – Seth Godin
Depending on perspective, it is an author’s dream – or nightmare: Margaret Atwood will never know what readers think of the piece of fiction she is currently working on, because the unpublished, unread manuscript from the Man Booker prize-winning novelist will be locked away for the next 100 years.
Atwood has just been named as the first contributor to an astonishing new public artwork. The Future Library project, conceived by the award-winning young Scottish artist Katie Paterson, began, quietly, this summer, with the planting of a forest of 1,000 trees in Nordmarka, just outside Oslo. It will slowly unfold over the next century. Every year until 2114, one writer will be invited to contribute a new text to the collection, and in 2114, the trees will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts to be printed – and, finally, read.
“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” -E.T. Benson
“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized — well, look what’s telling me this!” -Emo Phillips
Last day of summer break. So it goes.