“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:
“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
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:
“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
Maya Angelou’s courageous children’s verses, illustrated by Basquiat – a priceless primer on poetry and contemporary art for little ones, and a timeless reminder of the power of courage in all of us.
“Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.”
Frida Kahlo’s passionate handwritten love letters to Diego Rivera:
Mondrian cake, Matisse parfait, and other edible masterpieces from the pastry chef at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“Permit two egg yolks to recline.”
A lavish 350-page vintage tome, illustrated with 19th-century engravings and original drawings by Marcel Duchamp, Robert Osborn, and Alexandre Istrati. Originally published in 1961, it features 220 recipes and 30 courses by 55 painters, 61 novelists, 15 sculptors, and 19 poets, including such luminaries as Man Ray, John Keats, Marcel Duchamp, Lawrence Durrell, Robert Graves, Harper Lee, Irving Stone, William Styron, and Georges Simenon.
“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”
Jackson Pollock, in a rare interview shortly before his death, on art and morality:
“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”
So great: Skateboard graphic artist Michael Sieben reimagines The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
“It is the other ordinary buildings, spilling with hectic daily life, that hold real New York life and passion.” All the buildings in New York, illustrated.
“Maps are the places where memories go not to die but to live forever.” A love letter to the city in subjective cartography by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Malcolm Gladwell, Yoko Ono, and 72 other New Yorkers.
Sylvia Plath’s little-known and lovely vintage children’s book, a charming cautionary tale about the perils of self-consciousness, with wonderful illustrations.