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"This is the goal: to be 100 percent in doubt about what you’re doing and 100 percent still doing it."

Very inspiring words for me at this moment, as I work on a new recording. Thank you.

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Mason, I so appreciate you drawing attention to Panahi's situation and the broader political situation in Iran! Most people read this film as (only) a statement on Iran's censorship of filmmakers, so I really like this analysis of it through the creative process. If you haven't seen THE MIRROR, check that out. I think it's his best film.

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Mason Currey

As many other commenters pointed out the idea of being 100% in doubt and 100% still doing it is remarkable! It reminds me a bit of Keats's "negative capability"-- the idea that great poets are able to hold opposing thoughts in their mind at the same time. Keats wasn't referring to creative doubt, but it strikes me as a very particular skill suited to the creative life. I've been working on Octavia Butler recently and she seemed to have the exact opposite approach--just flood yourself with positive self-talk. It definitely seemed to work for her.

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This is a wonderful testament to how constriction can sometimes be an incredible spur to further creativity and growth. I think it's worth all creative people thinking deeply about how they respond to the constriction of options, time, etc. and how they might invite opportunity through the experience. I know I just started a full-time job out of the house (first time since 2017) and the reduction in time to dither about has forced me to really step up and work whenever a chance presents itself, and not put it off in the hopes that I'll "get to it" when things feel more optimal.

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Deeply touching and very inspiring

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This was like watching a preschooler in the school yard. I guess this is the one thing artists and makers know how to do better than most adults: they still know how to play.

The next time I'm stuck, I must remind myself: the antidote to doubt is play.

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I love emails from you and always enjoy hearing your thoughts and insights on the creative journey. I like how you pull in stuff from other creators and make me feel less alone in my struggle to overcome resistance to making things.

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“...smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive concealed in a birthday cake.” So great!

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Thanks for sharing this! No Bears was on my radar but now I'm going to check out This Is Not a Film as well. Sounds amazing.

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“to be 100 percent in doubt about what you’re doing and 100 percent still doing it.” - YES. Forever. I needed this today thank you. Will go hunting down this not-film film - brilliant.

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