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Are novelists already writing about the Covid era? An author investigates

People wear face mask in New York, Feb. 25, 2021. John Smith/VIEWpress via Getty Images The novelist Julia Dahl asked fellow writers how they are taking on, or steering clear of, the coronavirus.  "We need to chronicle this," said Jodi Picoult, who has multiple projects related to Covid.  Others said they weren't ready to process the pandemic, or they're waiting to see what comes next. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Last month, I turned in the copy edits for my fou...
Tags: Health, Art, Books, Death, New York, News, Writing, Los Angeles, Trends, New York Times, Healthcare, Cosby, Literature, Albert Camus, Jodi Picoult, Nyu


"Can only have been painted by a madman."

Words by Edvard Munch in tiny letters in the most famous version of "The Scream," The Art Newspaper reports. Can we be sure that the artist wrote these words? Mai Britt Guleng, the curator of Old Masters and modern paintings at the National Museum of Norway, says yes. First, the handwriting matches up to other samples of Munch's handwriting. Second, the writing is tiny: “Had this been an act of vandalism by another person, the size of the letters would probably have been larger and the whole tex...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Munch, Edvard Munch, Reuters, Don, Kiki, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Mai Britt Guleng, Guleng, The Scream, Destruction Of Art, National Museum of Norway


The Portfolio: Geoff Dyer

In this extract from But Beautiful, the writer Geoff Dyer reflects on how photographs ‘work on you’ The post The Portfolio: Geoff Dyer appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, Writing, Jazz, Friday, Portfolio, Chet Baker, Ben Webster, Milt Hinton, Carol Reiff, Improvisation, Geoff Dyer, Red Allen, Synaesthesia, Pee Wee Rusell


Black liberation dreaming: Nolan Oswald Dennis’s digital essay game ‘a sun.black’

Nolan Oswald Dennis’s digitial essay game, ‘a sun.black’, keeps all options available as it examines decolonisation The post Black liberation dreaming: Nolan Oswald Dennis’s digital essay game ‘a sun.black’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Images, Art, Games, Writing, Text, Reading, Code, Html, Philosophy, Essays, Friday, Ubuntu, Symbols, Octavia E Butler, Digital Artwork, Toni Cade Bambara


"Successfully making art requires accepting yourself, in Mr. Koons’s philosophy, so that you can pursue your interests without shame."

"'Everything about your past is perfect,' he says. 'Everything up to this moment about you is spectacular.' ... I found myself mindlessly nodding along, as he compares an ashtray that he remembers loving as a child, with a reclining woman holding her legs aloft, to Michelangelo’s 'Pietà.' 'How can that be any less than this masterpiece by Michelangelo?' he says. 'It’s equal.'... He asks himself, 'What have I been pulled to? What have the interests been lately?' He believes this will work for you...
Tags: Art, Education, Writing, Law, Jeff Koons, David Sedaris, Koons, Michelangelo, Ann Althouse, Bobbie Brown, David Mamet Both Davids


Jeff Koons and Salman Rushdie Teach New Courses on Art, Creativity & Storytelling for MasterClass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhICVnfwcpE If MasterClass comes calling, you know you’ve made it. In the five years since its launch, the online learning platform has brought on such instructors as Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Annie Leibovitz, and Malcolm Gladwell, all of whom bring not just knowledge and experience of a craft, but the glow of high-profile success as well. Though MasterClass’ lineup has expanded to include more writers, filmmakers, and performers (as wel...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Writing, College, Neil Gaiman, Creativity, Pennsylvania, Online Courses, Literature, Salvador Dalí, Margaret Atwood, Seoul, Malcolm Gladwell, Judy Blume, Jeff Koons


November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics


How to Spark Your Creativity When You're in a Rut

A global pandemic likely qualifies as one of the worst possible settings for honing creativity. Contrary to what the boldest of us may have claimed in the early weeks of COVID-19, more time doesn’t equal more inspiration. We’re tired, overwhelmed, and unmotivated, all peppered with random shocks of anxiety. At least I…Read more...
Tags: Motivation, Art, Writing, Inspiration, Creativity, Lifehacks


Write in style for life with this 100% inkless wooden stylus

Styluses date back to ancient Mesopotamia and are considered the original writing instruments. With no lead, graphite, or ink cartridges, this stylus will last a lifetime without replacement parts. Two top Italian design companies worked together to create this unique stylus. Ancient Mesopotamians used styluses to write in cuneiform. Egyptians used reed styluses in order to write hieroglyphs. Western Europeans employed styluses until the late Middle Ages to jot down text. And they're still use...
Tags: Science, Design, Writing, Mexico, Research, Innovation, Literature, Pininfarina, Mesopotamia, Pininfarina Cambiano, Pininfarina Cambiano Inkless Pen


Can you tell whether it's elevating and not racist to compare Black Lives Matter artists to cavemen?

I'm trying to read "New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans/What street art adorning boarded-up storefronts tells us about our shared political realities and the ways our stories are connected. A critic’s tour deciphers the signs and symbols" in the New York Times.Maybe to answer my question you need to know more about the racial identification of the writer, whose name is Seph Rodney. I'm just going to give you a sample of the prose:What became apparent to me is that...
Tags: Art, New York, Writing, Law, Wikipedia, Religion, Earth, United States, New York Times, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Intellectual Property, Mars, Smith, Black Lives Matter, King


How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa," but what kind of dad was he? In my role as Associate Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, I spend my time investigating the approximately 6,000 letters sent by Hemingway, 85% of which are now being published for the first time in a multivolume series. The latest volume – the fifth – spans his letters from January 1932 through May 1934 and gives us an intimate look into Hemingway's daily life, not only as a writer and a sportsman, but also a...
Tags: Art, Parenthood, Family, New York, Children, Writing, France, Pennsylvania, Paris, Innovation, Literature, John, NICK, Hemingway, Key West, Gregory


Creativity: The science behind the madness

An all-star cast of Big Thinkers—actors Rainn Wilson and Ethan Hawke; composer Anthony Brandt; neuroscientists David Eagleman, Wendy Suzuki, and Beau Lotto; and psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—share how they define creativity and explain how our brains uniquely evolved for the phenomenon. According to Eagleman, during evolution there was an increase in space between our brain's input and output that allows information more time to percolate. We also grew a larger prefrontal cortex which "allows...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Design, Biology, Writing, Neuroscience, Play, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, Ethan Hawke, Fear, Evolution, Mind, Personal Growth, Rainn Wilson


Art will never die. So why does it need philanthropy?

You cannot kill the arts. This is particularly true when you talk about poetry, which does well in a world of social media as its easy to digest in its short form.Measuring success in art can be tricky, though. Impact and influence can be felt immediately, so how does art find that everlasting durability?Philanthropy can encourage and enable art, and as a result, potentially lengthen its lifespan. If we can find ways to measure art in its own terms, we can effectively give a platform to new voic...
Tags: Art, Writing, Diversity, Creativity, Culture, Innovation, Storytelling, Literature, Philanthropy, Humanity


Use your isolation downtime to start your writing career

While writing requires creativity, there are science-backed guidelines that can help you master the craft. Finding your voice involves recognizing the audience you're trying to reach. Reading, a requirement for becoming a powerful writer, has been shown to increase your intelligence and empathy. How are you spending your time isolating at home? This moment presents many challenges to all of us. People still going to work are trying to avoid getting sick. Tens of millions of Americans hav...
Tags: Motivation, Art, Books, Learning, Writing, Innovation, Literature, Harry Potter, Personal Growth, Write Academy, Children Online Course


Why reading is a form of therapy in times of crisis

Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic. How can we use literature as therapy during this moment of drastic change? Ask your questions for Lisa New in the live Q&A on YouTube or Facebook.In this live session with Harvard literature professor Lisa New, you'll dive into the world of prose and poetry, discovering the answer to questions like: how can I use reading as a coping mechanism? What do I lose when I only watch the movie and ignore the book? A...
Tags: Art, Learning, Education, Entertainment, Writing, America, Intelligence, Reading, Brain, Creativity, Harvard, Harvard University, Innovation, Literature, Emotions, Mind


10 courses that can turn you into a better writer

Reading has been shown to increase intelligence and empathy, making writing a powerful communication tool. There are methods that can help you become a stronger writer, such as creating outlines and reading lists, and editing. Transmitting ideas from your head onto the page helps you to organize your thinking process. Creative writing is a powerful means for organizing your thoughts. Not only are you partaking in the ancient craft of storytelling, but the process of creating a narrati...
Tags: Art, Movies, Learning, Education, Writing, Communication, Language, Innovation, Literature


"Pick up anything and start sketching. Your iPhone - take all those ridiculous pictures you took - all of that is a form of drawing."

"All the funny little songs you thought, oh, that's got a great lyric, those are the beginning of ideas. Every dream you have is a possible little bit of an idea. And all of that can be put into use - all of your obsessions. Yes, you like to watch dog videos. Well, maybe you might want to make one. So what if it's not that good? I'm telling you the lessons I've learned in a lifetime of doing it and being terrified of doing it and a lifetime of talking to real artists. The only way to take the cu...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Drawing, Jerry Saltz, Ann Althouse


January linkfest

I’ll get to the regularly scheduled links in a bit, but I wanted to lead off with some recommendations from my 2019 media diet (a term I’ve borrowed from Jason Kottke, whose blog always makes for tasty consumption). A couple of magazine articles: “What I Learned in Avalanche School,” by H eidi Julavits for the New York Times Magazine. The story is indeed about avalanche school, but because Julvaits is a brilliant writer, it includes passages like this one: “The pursuit of joy, even if tha...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Science, Design, Television, Writing, Film, China, New York City, Advertising, Sports, Tel Aviv, America, Domains, Amazon Prime, Chinese


Taliesin Notecards

Montreal-based Maurèle meticulously crafts notecards using more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. Their paper is from North American mills that use recycled pulp and wind-generated electricity, and all inks used are environmentally friendly. The result is sophisticated and stylish, with many personalized options available. Our favorites are the Taliesin Notecards, which can be printed in 10+ different fonts, different colors and type sizes. Available in …
Tags: Design, Writing, Cards, Office, Montreal, Stationery, Office Supplies, Handwriting, Notecards, Maurèle, Taliesin Notecards


Yann Martel: ‘Transgression is central to art’

Man Booker Prize-winning writer Yann Martel, a Canadian man, has written from the perspectives of a man with AIDS, a body-switching woman, an Indian boy, and 20th-century Portuguese widowers.Is it acceptable to write from the perspective of someone who is completely unlike you? Martel believes these transgressions put empathetic imagination into practice, allowing your mind to go where your body cannot. In Martel's case, it's the recipe for great art—books that have been loved and read by millio...
Tags: Art, Writing, Relationships, Reading, Empathy, Discovery, Innovation, Yann Martel, Portugal, Literature, Exploration, Mind, Martel


‘Newspaper Blackout’ by Austin Kleon [Saturday Morning Review]

I used to write a lot of poetry. In the past few years, though, I have primarily written prose. Prose requires a certain amount of creativity, but poetry—to me anyway—always seemed to something that shouldn’t be attempted without a ton of creative fuel in the tank. That’s why I was really eager to read Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon. I’ve previously read Kleon’s other books, and I have found him to have a ton to say on the topic of creativity. And in this situation, he is not only an effe...
Tags: Art, Writing, Tutorials, Creative, Seo, Creativity


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

A collection of her smart, adroit and beautifully written essays, Trick Mirror is Jia Tolentino’s first book—and essential reading. From workout culture to MDMA, capitalism and politics, social media and beyond, Tolentino navigates the current zeitgeist (with all its anxieties, burdens and joys) adeptly, thoughtfully and at times very humorously. These are nine essays that warrant repeat reads, shares and plenty of discussion.
Tags: Books, Politics, Design, Writing, Reading, Pop Culture, Essays, Jia Tolentino, Tolentino


How to spot a writer

The New Yorker's Mia Mercado asks: What Is Writing and Does This Count as It? • Writing is when you sit—fingertips hovering over your keyboard, cursor blinking on a fresh blank document—and open Twitter for the twenty-eighth time. • You can tell that someone is a writer because she’ll have a pencil behind her ear, a Moleskine notebook in her hand, a pen behind her other ear, coffee on her breath and shirt, eyes that beg for your approval, and a Sharpie she’s somehow hidden in her hair. I have on...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Writing, Blogging, Writering


New work: Resourceful

When I’m asked to rename a brand, it’s usually for one of two reasons: a legal challenge (someone has a prior claim to the name) or a major shift in the organization’s direction (we used to sell housewares; now we sell jewelry). Neither of those scenarios applied to Resourceful HR, a 10-year-old Seattle human-resources consultancy that approached me last autumn about a name change. The company was thriving. It had successfully registered RESOURCEFUL as a trademark. And its business plan invol...
Tags: Design, Writing, Renaming, Linguistics, Seattle, Catherine, Branding, Jennifer, Naming, Nancy Friedman, Slogans and Taglines, New Work, Catherine Carr, Jennifer Olsen, Vitamin C Creative, Megan Averell


Adding Activities to Your Next Presentation

We’ve all sat in a classroom at some point in our lives and experienced the in-class activity. These are typically worksheets or discussion groups and, when used in an academic setting, can either be extremely effective or a serious time waster. However, when used in a presentation, an activity can be a powerful tool that will help you cement your content and engage your audience. While this tool is useful, it is important to wield it correctly, which is why we put together a list of powerful pr...
Tags: Design, Writing, Activities, Deliver, Public, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design


April linkfest

The 2019 Deadspin Name of the Year is down to the Elite Eight. Vote for your favorites in a field that includes Pope Thrower, Pretzel Monteclaro, and Jizyah Shorts. Yes, they’re all real names. ( ) For background, see my 2018 Visual Thesaurus column about the tournament. * How great writing begins: an analysis of the opening paragraphs of “the 94 most compelling articles” in The Atlantic, Fast Company, and the New York Times op-ed section. (Better Humans) * In English, it’s “Once ...
Tags: Google, Books, Politics, Design, Writing, Restaurants, US, Story, United States, New York Times, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Trademark, Titles


On Writing, Art, and Carving Your Own Bear

The other night, I stayed up way too late reading Jonathan Franzen’s The Discomfort Zone, a book I devoured and savored at once. Devoured: I wanted to stuff myself silly. Savored: I wanted to nibble each nuance and make it last because I loved each small flavor and the way they ingeniously worked together to create something much, much more filling. When I finally closed the book, it was after 2 AM. And I spent the rest of the mostly sleepless night mired in something close to despair. Much as ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Writing, Boston, Competition, Jonathan Franzen, On The Road, Road Trip, Richard Price, Speaking, Jim, James Wood, Franzen, Harvard s Museum of Comparative Zoology, Personal History


Here's an Incredibly Slick and Surprisingly Affordable Way To  Convert Paper Drawings Into Digital Files

One day, the idea of making marks on sheets of flattened tree guts to share ideas with others will be laughable. But for now, the experience of writing or drawing on a piece of paper still feels more natural than it does on a glass or plastic tablet. Moleskine’s new Adobe Creative Cloud connected Paper Tablet strives…Read more...
Tags: Art, Gadgets, Science, Adobe, Writing, Tech, Moleskine, Illustrator, Wacom, Consumer Tech, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet


Steal from your heroes: John Cleese on Big Think Edge

John Cleese teaches a video lesson for Big Think Edge called "Make Your Mark with Humor".The Monty Python alumni and comedy legend has some unexpected advice to get your creativity out of your mind and onto the page. Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships. None Who better to show you the ropes of comedy than Monty Python alumni John Cleese? Humor is valuable in its own right. It's also a perfect tool for connecting with others and c...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Writing, John Cleese, Hack, Creativity, Innovation, Literature, Monty Python, Personal Growth, John CleeseRetire


3 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Nurture Your Creativity

This week was all about nurturing your creative spark — in new ways that you might not have considered before.... Continue Reading The post 3 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Nurture Your Creativity appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Productivity, Design, Featured, Writing, Content Marketing, Blogging, Creativity, Copyblogger Weekly



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