What are your questions?
A open Q&A thread, The Interrogative Mood, and other adventures in the art of inquiry...
Happy new year! I wanted to start 2022 off by making things a little more interactive and opening up a thread for any questions you might have for me:
If it’s a little question, I’ll try to answer it right in the thread. If it’s a Big Question, I might dedicate a whole Tuesday email to it.
(If you’re too shy for comments, you can send me an email directly, but you might not hear back for a bit, as I’m currently hacking away at the inbox I’ve neglected for the past 3 weeks…)
Chekhov said that the role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
Whenever I am bottomed out in my own work, I try to make a big list of what questions I have and go from there.
Sometimes a question haunts me for years, and going about answering it leads me to something new.
One method is to take a rhetorical question literally, like when my friend Steven once asked me, “What does a seed look like?”
Asking the right question will often solve whatever problem is at hand.
When my children were little and fussy, I diagnosed them with 3 questions: