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My word. Beautiful. Beginning to end. Held my attention even in its ramble. Which was with purpose and design.

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Thank you, Karena! These words mean a lot to me. And "Which was with purpose and design" is 100% spot-on. :)

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May 19, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

Found this lovely piece down in my inbox. Man, I 100% resonate with it. So much of my writing happens only once I sit my ass in the chair and let my fingers dance across the keyboard. Great article Silvio :)

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Thank you, Ishan! I think the creative process is something hard to nail down into words, but we all know what it feels like, when it happens.

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Jan 30, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

This piece reads like a combination of a circuitous bike ride around town with nowhere to go in particular and a canoe trip gently following a meandering stream. Highly evocative and enjoyable. Intentional tangentiality comes to mind. Bravo.

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Thank you, Tai. Your appreciation and sharp comments are really valuable! :)

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Well done, Silvio! This is an essay I'll return to when I need a spark of inspiration. 1) Because it's eloquently written 2) It holds a valuable lesson, brilliant in its simplicity & truth

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Thank you for your words, Rachael. This means so much to me. <3

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Jan 29, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

I've enjoyed reading and re-reading this article Silvio, it feels like a circular, infinite reference packed with many interesting thoughts and stories to slowly distill. Listening to Famous Blue Raincoat now!

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So glad to hear that, Oscar! You're always so precise and on-point with your reflections/comments. Thank you so much! :)

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Silvio! This one slipped past me but I read it with my morning coffee and it brought an actual smile to my face. The way you capture the written word is wonderful -- how it feels ephemeral and concrete at the same time -- and I thoroughly enjoyed your stream of consciousness style writing. The Paul Graham quotes were gems, as well.

One of my favorite lines: “They’re about paradox and chewing gum and carelessness and dirty hair and Freudian slips. Spontaneity and depth. Faith and brutality. Solid colors and polka dots.”

Bravo!!

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Thank you so much for your nice words, Grace! That line is very -- so to speak -- peculiar. And definitely not easy to get. So glad you caught it and liked it. :)

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The very reason I liked it! Your style really came through.

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This means a lot to me <3

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Jan 27, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

This was a treat to read, Silvio! I'm really loving your writing and I'll be thinking more about these three dimensions.

Somehow not surprised to see you're a Leonard Cohen fan. Good taste, sir.

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Sandra! Thank you so much. The three dimensions made me think a lot. Glad to hear they will do the same for you. And on Leonard Cohen, the unsurprise is all mine! :)

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Jan 26, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

So good Silvio! The words "self-painting image" so perfectly describe that experience of starting to write with a mode of anticipation, excited to find out what the muse might say in the midst of our permission to dance a dance we've explored before. The story about the journalist is also so on point, I'd never heard that one, but your final story about your dad and learning to bike ride is the topper. My heart just burst open in smiles at the telling of it.

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Thank you so much, Rick. You caught all the points that I wanted to get across, and from someone as passionate about storytelling as you this comes as no surprise. Happy to hear that my final little story had such a nice effect. These are simple pictures that, even though shot so many years ago, maintained their vividness and emotional power because of the awareness with which they were experienced. Thanks again for your nice words. :)

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Jan 26, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

Yes, I think you are really on to something when you talk about quality of momentary awareness being so important when it comes to conveying the experience.

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Nicely written and so true! it evoked some of my own nice childhood memories. This deserves a regular reread.

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Hicham! Thank you so much and glad to hear you can relate. :)

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Loved this essay! there's so much to be gleaned from it.

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I really appreciate it, Sairam. Thank you!

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Jan 25, 2023Liked by Silvio Castelletti

Haha I just observed my own reading pattern and found your last paragraph was the first one I read. Well done 😂

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Thank you so much, Leo. :) It s indeed funny! I appreciate your always being there with your comments.

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