Assignment: The Rules

  1. Use your spare time each week to look at the work of the following photographers (one each week), at the end of each week pick one photograph and write 200 words about it. Diane Arbus; Phillip Lorca deCorcia; William Eggleston; Jane Bown.
  2. Fall in love with something.
  3. Identify in which areas of life you under-achieve. Spend two days needlessly obsessing over this.
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Extraordinary

 ordinary

ˈɔːdɪn(ə)ri,-d(ə)n-/

adjective

1.

with no special or distinctive features; normal.

"he sets out to depict ordinary people"

synonyms:usual, normal, standard, typical, stock, common, customary, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted, everyday, regular, routine, day-to-day, daily, established, settled, set, fixed, traditional, quotidian, prevailing

"the ordinary course of events"

 

extra

ˈɛkstrə/

adjective

1.

added to an existing or usual amount or number.

"they offered him an extra thirty-five cents an hour"

synonyms:additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory; More

 

So why the fuck would anyone want to be "extraordinary"? Why strive to be more of the same old usual. No one dreams of being extra-normal, extra-typical, or extra-standard. English is a weird language. You only need to look at how we pronounce the name of the actor Sean Bean. It's complicated, contradictory, and confusing. It can be made beautiful and poetic through thorough thought. 

 

It's extraordinary.