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a little slice of the middle hour last Friday

Jerry Seinfeld on awards:

Your whole career as a comedian is about making fun of pretentious, high-minded, self-congratulatory BS events like this one. The whole feeling in this room of reverence and honoring is the exact opposite of everything I have wanted my life to be about.

…I feel very, very honored, but it’s just that awards are stupid.

ht again @austinkleon

Richard Feynman on receiving The Nobel Prize:

I’ve already got the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation of other people using it — those are the real things. The honors are unreal to me. I don’t believe in honors. It bothers me. Honors bothers me. Honors is epaulets; honors is uniforms. My Papa brought me up this way. I can’t stand it. It hurts me.

…Ok, I don’t like honors. 

ht @AustinKleon

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Lyle Lovett covering “Bears” by Steven Fromholz:

Some folks drive the bears out of the wilderness
Some to see a bear would pay a fee
Me, I just bear up to my bewildered best
And some folks even see the bear in me

So meet a bear and take him on out to lunch with you
Even though your friends may stop and stare
Just remember that’s a bear there in the bunch with you
And they just don’t come no better than a bear

I love Lovett’s remarks about Fromholz before this live performance of the song, captured by a fan at the show:

We’ve all had the kind of teachers that make you feel stupid, and he was the kind of teacher that let you know that, even though you are stupid, it’s going to be ok. That’s the way good teachers are… that’s there’s actually hope for you. And he was really, really kind to me.

So this is one of his nature songs, and it’s about my favorite kind of nature, human nature.

I kinda fight tears every time one of my baseball heroes retires and every time we lose one of Texas’ musical treasures. This is one of those times. I’ll miss Steven Fromholz’s light and words and sounds. He had that magic that magnifies life.

Well played, good sir, Godspeed, and they just don’t come no better than a bear.