“If your project has real substance, ultimately the money will follow you like a common cur in the street with its tail between its legs.”
Werner Herzog on creativity, self-reliance, money, and how to make a living of what you love – wisdom culled from an epic 600-page interview:
"The strongest and fieriest emotions of life defy all analytical insight."
Maurice Sendak’s rare, wildly sensual illustrations for Melville’s greatest commercial failure and most personally beloved book,.
“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”
James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – superb read:
Legendary designer Paul Rand on beauty, the power of symbolism, and why idealism is essential for creative work
“Maps are errors to arrive at truth.”
An atlas of alternative maps for understanding the world, featuring contributions by John Baldessari, Tim Berners-Lee, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Kevin Kelly, Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, John Maeda, Sean Carroll, Douglas Rushkoff, Marcus du Sautoy, and more.
Austrian illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger’s imaginative interpretation of Alice in Wonderland:
“Art and physics, like wave and particle, are an integrated duality … two different but complementary facets of a single description of the world.”
Leonard Shlain on how integrating wonder and wisdom enriches our lives:
Andy Warhol on the joy of virtual relationships, long before the internet:
The great Ralph Steadman illustrates the life of Leonardo da Vinci in an imaginary autobiography – a beautiful portrait of the legendary polymath that grants equal dignity to the grit and the glory:
“No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.”
How to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow:
“What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.”
Anna Deavere Smith on discipline and how we can learn to stop letting others define us:
A visual history of typewriter art from 1893 to today – how Victorian female stenographers pioneered a unique art form with newfound notoriety in the digital age
“If you just pick one human you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.”
Seth Godin in conversation with Debbie Millman about his wonderful children’s book for grownups, exploring vulnerability, creative courage, and how to dance with the fear:
The art of Neil Gaiman – a first-of-its-kind tour of his persona archive: irreverent self-portraits, naughty love letters, and other ephemera of a wildly creative mind at work
“To harmonize the whole is the task of art.”
Kandinsky on the spiritual element in art and the 3 responsibilities of artists – also available as a free digital download at the link: