“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
The pace of productivity and how to master your creative routine
“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”
Debbie Millman’s fantastic illustrated essays of wisdom on the creative life – a timeless treat halfway between philosophy and design:
“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.”
Neil Gaiman’s fantastic commencement address, adapted by design legend Chip Kidd
Women writers and comedians on the choice not to have children
“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.”
Music pioneer Brian Eno on the essence of art in excerpts from his diary
What Parisian boxing from the early 1900s has to do with contemporary technoparanoia about robots replacing us – a heartening underdog story illustrated by the inimitable Sophie Blackall
“Maybe you have to believe in the value of everything to believe in the value of anything.”
What an obscure endangered butterfly teaches us about parenthood, legacy, and being human
“This book is about worries. It’s not about money troubles. There’s a crucial difference.
Troubles are urgent. They ask for direct action. … By contrast, worries often say more about the worrier than about the world.
So, addressing money WORRIES should be quite different from dealing with money TROUBLES. To address our worries we have to give attention to the pattern of thinking (ideology) and to the scheme of values (culture) as these are played out in our won individual, private existences.”
Fantastic, essential read:
“Maybe the modern version of introspection is the sum total of all those highly individualized choices that we make about the material content of our lives.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Dan Pink, and other cultural mavens on how and why we define ourselves through what we consume, be it the books we read or the brands we buy – a must-read.
Only the best thing ever: Advice to Little Girls – a playful and mischievous short story penned by young Mark Twain in 1865 and illustrated by beloved Russian children’s book artist Vladimir Radunsky. Plenty of images, and a personal story, at the link:
“You can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better.”
A spectacular illustrated meditation on love, loss, and what it means to be human:
A wonderful manifesto for fueling the internal engine of lifelong learning
“Every man has a right over his own life and war destroys lives that were full of promise.”
Einstein and Freud’s little-known correspondence on violence, peace, and human nature
Meth in the morning, back to bed, then for breakfast, “a salted soft-boiled egg with toast, or perhaps fresh-squeezed lemonade, and two cups of very sweet tea.”
William S. Burroughs’s defiant daily routine in the last year of his life.
“Everything hangs on something else.” ~ Ray Eames
Words of wisdom on design from such icons as Charles and Ray Eames, Saul Bass, Bruno Munari, Paul Rand, Edward Tufte, and more