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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Routinization

Doing the same things the same way every time can be both comforting and simplifying, increasing efficiency. On the other hand, breaking out of routines that aren't helpful can be liberating. The way to judge whether a given habit should be abandoned is whether it is creates an unnecessary obstacle, a hurdle you have to jump over. You should continually refine your routines rather than simply sticking to them or giving them up altogether.

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