The way I choose to function is to pick an arbitrary, stupid goal, become totally involved in it, and pursue it with vigor. And what happens to you in that pursuit is your life.
–Kenny Shopsin, from the documentary I Like Killing Flies
We watched this last week, and it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a while. Kenny is the kind of character you couldn’t invent in fiction. Of his many memorable quotes, this one resonates the most. Whenever I stop to think about it, I can’t help but admit that poetry is my stupid, arbitrary goal, and I have no idea when or why I picked it. Everyone needs a carrot and a stick.