Learning to see again

Video by Wells Baum Once Paul finally sat down, he made an effort to scan his body and feel his feet touch the floor. He stretched his head back to gaze through the skylight. The combined light and shadow of the glass-sheathed car danced around him like a carousel. The ambient shapes of silence put […]


Are You Lost In The World Like Me?

We reach for the phone to find ourselves. We’d rather outsource our frustration and boredom to a widget than deal with our anxieties directly. The mobile phone makes it easier to cope (read: ignore) the world going on around us. It’s easy: we just don’t pay attention; plus, we can crush dissent with our own […]

Finding Vivian Maier

The 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert once said to be “be regular and orderly in your life like a Bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Vivian Maier took this to heart. No one ever knew this nanny was an artist of her own. She took over 100,000 photos, mostly street […]

67 million viewers

“It’s such an American thing that nothing is real until it’s on television.” – Tom Nichols It doesn’t matter what books we write or discoveries we make. People only remember us if we appear on TV. In Tom Nichols’ case, succeeding on on Jeopardy superseded his professional accolades as a published author, foreign advisor, and […]

Lo and Behold, it’s Werner Herzog talking about technology again

A month after legendary director Werner Herzog inquired about Pokemon GO, he is back with a new movie that questions the entire ethos of the Internet. Is the Internet helping or hurting human relationships? Are we creative as we think we are or will robots think and act superior? The Internet claims to be the […]

Why train travel in the US sucks

Trains suck in the US for more reasons than one. Here’s why America will continue to lag behind Western Europe and Japan. America is too vast: There aren’t enough dense cities close enough to each other than East Coast, West Coast, and SouthWest. Expensive/slow: It costs $40 to travel from DC to NYC, a 3 […]

The ‘Perfect Human’

Leon Jacobs writes on the Crew Blog about the benefits of setting creative constraints. He uses the 1960s film The Perfect Human to illustrate what happens when the director Jorgen Leth takes on full creative control. The upshot is a boring movie about humans. Years later one of Leth’s students, Lars von Trier, challenges him to remake the […]

Bill’s Murray’s Advice: Stay Light, Stay Loose, Stay Relaxed

“If you can stay light, and stay loose, and stay relaxed, you can play at the very highest level—as a baseball player or a human being.”— Bill Murray Be a pro, but don’t take your work too seriously. If you’re not having fun, reconsider how your love for the game.

Seth Godin: ‘Dance With Fear’

Everyone has genius, it’s just that some people prefer to keep it caged. What holds people back is the fear that something might not work. Fear is in our DNA, literally in our amygdala or lizard brain. But most fears are false. So instead of fighting with fear, dance with it! What might not work […]

A love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

“Adrift” by  Simon Christen: “Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

This is Your Backend – 60 Hudson Street

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors from Ben Mendelsohn on Vimeo. There’s a good chance that your data has passed through 60 Hudson Street.   I’ve always wondered where personal data actually lives and what center is feeding it to the world. Like a protective shell, the buildings keep the machines charged up so the […]

Will Smith: “The keys to life are running and reading.”

“The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running. You […]