on life, music etc beyond mainstream

2015 16 Jan

Sixteen One Fifteen

von: Uwe Meilchen Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments

I must admit that I rarely pass by a book store without having a look inside what’s on sale. There’s usually always something on the shelf to inspire and to set on a inner „To Buy List“.  While on my lunch break today I found Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin in my favourite book shop and as I have already bought too much books this year already I passed on leaving the shop without that particular book today. But, intrigued by the list Werner Herzog made for the dust cover I hastily scribbled the items down to pass on here:


  1. Always take the initiative.
  2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
  3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
  4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
  5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
  6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
  7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
  8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
  9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
  10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
  11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
  12. Take your fate into your own hands.
  13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
  14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
  15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
  16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
  17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
  18. Develop your own voice.
  19. Day one is the point of no return.
  20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
  21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
  22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
  23. Take revenge if need be.
  24. Get used to the bear behind you.

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    From these rules, i can honestly say, i do live these:

    1) Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
    (a good metaphor for never losing your curiosity for strange music)

    2) Don’t be fearful of rejection. (This explains my art of inviting the most beautiful strange women for a cup of coffee since 1982, all shyness gone, all possibilities included:))

    3) Take revenge if need be. (Be sure i do)

    4) Get used to the bear behind you. (The hardest one, still learning:))

  2. Jan Reetze:

    Allen öffentlich-rechtlichen Filmredaktionen ins Stammbuch.

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